Our Affiliated Site: Salyersville Elementary School in Salyersville, Kentucky

facts about Salyersville Elementary School:

  • Grades served: HeadStart – fifth grade
  • Average Enrollment: 490 students
  • School Facilities: Construction of the school building was completed in 2002; it comprises 27 classrooms, a cafeteria, a gymnasium, two computer labs, a science lab, a library, a Family Resource Center, and a guidance office.
  • Faculty: The faculty includes 45 teachers, aides, and special education teachers
  • Resources: The school provides students’ families with the services of a Family Resource Center.
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch are served daily.
  • Percentage of students on the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Meal Program: 85%
  • Special Education: Classes are offered for functionally mentally-disabled children and for those who are severely mentally-disabled. Some students with special needs are “mainstreamed” into regular classrooms, where they receive assistance from specialized teachers and aides.
  • Sports and Activities: Extracurricular activities include Student Technology Leadership Program, K-Kids (a community-related organization, specifically for fifth and sixth grade students), boys’ and girls’ basketball, district elementary football, dance team, and cheerleading.
  • Academic Schedule: The school year typically begins the first week of August and ends the second week of May. Normal holidays are observed.

Located in Kentucky’s idyllic, mountainous Eastern Coal Region, Magoffin County holds the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest poverty rates in Kentucky. The coal mining industry once employed the majority of the area’s workforce. However, with its recent, sharp decline, many area families have turned to small-scale and low-wage farming to provide for themselves. Unemployment and poverty have become intrinsic to Salyersville society. For this reason, Salyersville Elementary School serves as a beacon of hope to the surrounding community. As the newest and largest elementary school in Magoffin County – and one of the largest elementary schools in Kentucky — it provides a safe haven and a place of support while providing students with a well-rounded education — the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so that students may rise above the difficult circumstances from which they come.