TAYLOR MILL, Ky. – Scott High School is last among the Kenton County School District's three high schools in state test scores and has the lowest student body population.
Parents and students packed the Kenton County Board of Education monthly meeting Monday night demanding those issues, and others, at the school be addressed.
A Scott High School junior led the conversation with an impassioned speech about what he wants done for his fellow classmates.
"We as a student body are asking for help," said Casey Child, the school's junior class vice president.
With parents and teachers behind him, packing the board’s public meeting room, Child painted a picture of out of control students and school leadership unable to institute measures to keep the 1,150 high school student body in line.
"If a teacher were to try to give a kid an assignment, often a kid will refuse to do an assignment, and there will be no repercussions," Child said after the meeting.
Child is not alone in his assessment of the school’s poor academic progress.
In Kentucky’s 2012-2013 uniformed testing report card of Scott, the Taylor Mill school fell in the 41st percentile for scores amongst public schools in the state. The score landed Scott in the “needs improvement” category for the second year in a row.
Kenton County’s two other high schools, Simon Kenton and Dixie Heights, both scored in the 87th percentile last year.
A recent survey of Scott teachers also shows educators there believe 18 percent of students follow school conduct rules and only 39 percent of respondents said the school’s administration makes a sufficient effort to manage students' behavior.
"I have a friend that actually has skipped class multiple times in order to go sit in the library and do his school work just so he could be out of class from the other students who are distracting him," Child said.
A Scott High School parent, Chris Poole, expressed similar concern for his own children.
"They're interrupted by things going on in the hallway; they're interrupted by kids taking phone calls in class," Poole said.
Kenton County School District's spokesperson Jess Dykes responded to the concerns, stating district and school administrators are putting forth the effort to reverse current trends at the school.
"We know at Scott High School that the academic scores are not where we want them to be, we know that enrollment is down at Scott, and those are areas we're working on, they're goals within our district," she said.
Scott did see nominal progress on its state testing score between the 2012 and 2013 school year. The school went from an overall score of 51.2 to 52.9 between those two years.