Educator Talk

Trigg County High School teacher Ann Bottoms, left, and her student, Taziah Cavanaugh, speak on Thursday at the Trigg County School Board meeting.

A recent audit of the Trigg County Public Schools found no material weaknesses and identified the district as a low-risk auditee, Kelsey Cox of Duguid, Gentry and Associates told members of the Trigg County School Board during a meeting on Thursday.

Board members subsequently acknowledged Cox’s review of the audit findings, voting 5-0 in favor of the report given by Cox.

District Chief Finance Officer Holly Greene said the local school system had a $52,000 profit for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Additionally, Greene noted that the district has a carry forward balance of $7.3 million including its cash, receivables, accounts payable and some accrued sick leave.

The board during its meeting also heard from Trigg County High School teacher Ann Bottoms and Taziah Cavanaugh, one of Bottoms’ early childhood students who is in charge of activities for a club known as the Educator Rising Program.

“We are in the process of trying to build a good teaching and learning pathway so that we can grow our own students and get more interest,” said Bottoms of the club’s efforts.

She and Cavanaugh approached board members last week about supporting an upcoming event, a boardwalk, that will help raise funds for a conference that the Educator Rising club’s members want to attend.

That event is in March at Louisville.

Cavanaugh invited the board members to take part in the boardwalk and help raise funds for the conference; the board members will get sponsors who’ll pay them so much based on their participation, for example, how far they walk or the number of laps they walk.

Pairing board members to walk with the youth will also give the students an opportunity to talk with board members and ask questions about their jobs, according to Bottoms.

“We’re just looking for a fundraiser to help us generate some money, plus get them a chance to meet board members to get to know what you all do,” the teacher noted.

She said the club would like the support of adults including teachers, board members and school staff to spread the news that the district is trying to build its own teachers.

She noted that, with the boardwalk, organizers thought it would be a good way to jumpstart those relationships.

Bottoms said the conference will cost $10 per student, plus costs for travel, hotel expenses, purchasing shirts and the like.

Students attending the conference will take part in competitions that will include such categories as speech, lesson plans and bulletin boards, Cavanaugh said.

Board members expressed interest in supporting the students’ efforts and asked to have the walk in January or February.

Bottoms noted that the Educator Rising Program currently has about nine students.

In other business:

  • Trigg County Public Schools Superintendent Bill Thorpe said the district received a letter from the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association thanking the school system for allowing Matthew Wilder to be a member of that group’s board of directors.
  • He also noted that the ag sales team on Thursday won the Purchase Regional Championship at Murray State University. Those students will compete in the state FFA convention this summer in Lexington. The team includes Olivia Freeman, Tyler Jacobs, Anna Sink and Arizona Kennedy.
  • Thorpe said FNB Bank has limited its Spirit Card funds to $10,000 per quarter, which he said will still be $40,000 per year.
  • He said an open house for the new elementary school is slated for 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 20, with a ribbon cutting with the Trigg County Chamber of Commerce and tours of the facility available to visitors.
  • Greene said the district received a tax collection check for the amount of $3 million.
  • Board members approved a measure appointing Clara Beth Hyde as the board representative, Tim Bush as the principal representative and Director of Student Services and Personnel James Mangels as the district representative on the calendar committee.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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