Corbin Ind. Schools going 'Back to Basics' this year

The Corbin Traditional Building that houses the Corbin School of Innovation and the Corbin Elementary School will be ready for the first day of school Monday, but the opening ceremony was delayed. | Photo by Erin Cox

CORBIN — “We came to the conclusion that sometimes it’s good to step back, evaluate yourself, look at the fundamentals and get back to basics,” said Dave Cox regarding this year’s school theme.

Students in the Corbin School District will head back to class on Monday, and Corbin Superintendent Dave Cox said this school year would be a good time to redefine who they are, while getting back to the basics.

Cox said "Back to Basics" was the theme for professional development days as well as opening day, and he’s confident that all faculty and staff will move forward through the year with that mindset.

Since the end of last school year, Cox and his staff have worked on several occasions with educational leader Tom Guskey.

Guskey is a Senior Research Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville and Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. He is the author/editor of 25 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters, articles, and professional papers on educational measurement, evaluation, assessment, grading, and professional learning.

Cox said Guskey is a common sense guy and has helped Corbin work on getting back to fundamentals.

“This is a good time for us,” added Cox, "We’ve got a very young staff. We’ve hired probably 30 to 35 new teachers over the past three years. Sometimes it’s good to redefine yourself.”

With a traditional school system and community, Cox thinks the theme will be embraced well.

Earlier this week, community members, staff and students anticipated the opening ceremony for the new Corbin Elementary School on Thursday, however board members made the decision on Wednesday afternoon to postpone the event. While nobody was more excited about the event than Cox who spent over 16 years in the building as a teacher, principal and coach, he said it got down to the point where he had to make a decision.

A third-floor water line issue that occurred on Sunday caused problems for the event as well as setback plans with KDE in the beginning efforts of construction, delaying the start date by almost two months. Cox said while they knew they ran behind all year, they tried hard to have everything ready.

“When it got down to it we were not going to be able to present the building in the way that we wanted to and the way that it deserved to be presented with all the work and money that’s went in to it so we decided to put it off," Cox said. “We’re looking at mid September for the opening ceremony.”

On Monday, students will start school on time and in the new Corbin Elementary School.

“Beginning this year every student in our district, kindergarten through grade 12, is in either a new school or newly renovated building and that’s not always been the case,” said Cox. “But because of the generosity of our community and the willingness of them to always support us our students have great facilities.”

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