VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — A meeting aimed at improving student performance at Woodford County High School was canceled after a letter announcing it drew rebuke.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Superintendent Scott Hawkins said Thursday the letter was not worded well.
It began by telling parents the school would be "calling all our African American students down to the cafeteria."
While it went on to announce a plan to help tutor student academic achievement, Hawkins conceded many people likely couldn't get past that first sentence.
"Hindsight is always 20-20. ... People had difficulty getting past that first sentence to be able to see what the purpose of the meeting was," Hawkins said. "But we had great intentions. It was to try to help kids.
"We wanted to work with them and provide information to them — give them their transcripts, give them their GPAs, give them information on scholarships and how that's directly tied to a GPA — and wanted to engage in a dialogue on what we could do to help them be more successful," Hawkins said.
Hawkins said the letter was signed by assistant principal Jennifer Forgy, but a committee had organized the meeting.
"The intentions were noble of what we were trying to do to help," Hawkins said. "But I think the wording of the letter was not what it needed to be and that caused a lot of people to be upset."
The meeting has not been rescheduled.