Abstinence program successful

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Elkhorn Middle School plans to continue an abstinence program created after 10 pregnancies were reported at the school last year.

Principal Robert Bell said the program by the Heritage Foundation has been a success. Eight sixth-grade students and two eighth-graders were pregnant last year.

"I think this program is very well done," Bell told the Franklin County Board of Education Monday. "Since this program we haven't had a reported pregnancy yet. This program also helps to create home discussion."

Bell's comments were part of his report to the board about Elkhorn Middle. Bell said students are making progress and improving with CATS, the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, "but we aren't where we need to be."

He said the new Scantron testing program in reading and math "gives us important data about each student."

He said there are more than 200 parent members in the PTSA organization, with the goal of 500 before school is out. Also, the eighth grade chorus performed for the second year in row at Disney World during the fall break.

Bell said there's a need for teacher aides or assistants to work with students so they receive more one-on-one attention.

Board member Pat Fannin told Bell she appreciated his desire to provide students with more individual attention. Board member Linda LaFontaine said the excitement at Elkhorn Middle was refreshing.

"There is a positive feeling here," LaFontaine said. "You can't do anything but go up."

In other action, the board approved the purchase of seven 66-passenger school buses for $425,960 for the 2004 school year. The board also approved financing through the Kentucky Inter-local School Transportation Association (KISTA).

Superintendent Monte Chance said the bus order is based on need.

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