May 2011 Volume 8

A Few Words from the Editor

Dr. Glen Laman
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I had the pleasure of meeting young Gifton Wright who is a George Thompson Memorial Fund Awardee and KC’s Spelling Bee ace during a recent visit to the Melbourne campus.  Vice Principal Marguerite Hall spoke very highly of him and said he made the honor roll and is an exemplary student.  She also revealed that he will still be eligible to compete in the National Spelling Bee Competition next year.

Congratulations to the following teams and their coaches:

  • School’s Challenge Quiz for winning our 10th title in this competition
  • Track and Field for capturing second place at this year’s CHAMPS
  • Table Tennis team for taking the island title

Atlanta board member, Derrick R. Wright, and I spent a few days in Kingston during March in order to review the school’s Information and Communication Technology capability.  We had productive meetings with members of the administration and staff and saw firsthand the situation on the ground. Derrick is developing a formal proposal to request funding to implement “smart school” improvements at the college.

The future of education is intricately tied to technology and we need to ensure that KC is in the forefront of the exciting changes that are taking place in this arena. As world renown educator John Dewey once said, “If we teach today the way we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”  

As we walked around the KC campuses, there were several noticeable positive changes since my last visit several years ago. At that time, I noted several eyesores in an article for the KC Times. You can see pictures of how it was then at http://www.kcobaatl.org/2007/Aug/Article4.htm.

This time, I was happy to see the completed Social Services Building and paved driveway at Melbourne. Over at North Street, I took pictures of the renovated basketball courts, the paved driveways and chemistry lab renovation.

There are several exciting projects being discussed and we will do our best to keep you informed as they become a reality.

Happy reading,

Glen Laman

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