First District County Commissioner Sam McKenzie is one of Schools Superintendent James McIntyre’s most reliable allies. A certifiably smart guy with a master’s degree in physics, McKenzie has supported McIntyre’s budget requests and repeatedly reminded colleagues that running the schools is not their job.
Jennifer Nagel’s 7-year-old daughter spent her snow days reading a book. That might not sound like a big deal, but to Nagel, it’s almost miraculous, because reading has been an ordeal for her daughter, who has an undiagnosed learning disability. Nagel says her daughter’s teacher has been very helpful, but the school system has not. So she started looking for solutions on her own.
Almost by accident, she found a critically acclaimed series of books co-written by actor Henry Winkler and the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity for and about dyslexic kids – who knew the Fonz has a master’s degree from Yale, and dyslexia?
The 6th District for both school board and county commission stretches from Amherst to Hardin Valley, from Karns to Norwood and Pleasant Ridge, swooping up to Ball Camp and Byington-Solway and Karns.
These disparate communities are bound together in a newly configured district, previously represented by Cindy Buttry and Thomas Deakins, who were squeezed out when district lines were redrawn. Buttry bowed out in 2012, and Deakins will not stand for re-election this year.
When President Barack Obama touched down in Nashville last month to continue his State of the Union message about career-oriented education, he went out to McGavock Comprehensive High School, which has been redesigned as an “Academies of Nashville” model school with the help of a federal School Improvement Grant and the assistance of local businesses and industries. His message, boiled down to its essence, was this:
“A quality education shouldn’t be something that other kids get. It should be something that all our kids get.”
A long red Jaguar pulled up to the full-service pumps at Fountain City EXXON shortly after noon on a busy Monday. The young woman at the wheel got out and looked around, clearly wanting something other than a standard business transaction.
Owner Alvin Frye, who at 88 wears glasses only to read and is lighter on his feet than many 40 year olds, trotted out of the office see what was up and returned a few minutes later with a state-issued ID card in his hand.