Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal http://weku.fm en Franklin County Picks New Superintendent http://weku.fm/post/franklin-county-picks-new-superintendent <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5191258">Franklin County Public Schools</a> has a new superintendent after the Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to hire local educator Chrissy Jones for the district&rsquo;s top leadership role. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m just really going to get in there and get my nose to the grindstone,&rdquo; she said after the official announcement, attended by Franklin County principals, teachers and Jones&rsquo; friends and family, who applauded and gave her a standing ovation. Wed, 23 May 2012 18:47:31 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 26941 at http://weku.fm Campus Security: KSU Erects Guardhouse http://weku.fm/post/campus-security-ksu-erects-guardhouse <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/simple_article/5166746">Kentucky State University </a>officials are installing a guardhouse at the main entrance on East Main Street to provide more security on campus.&nbsp;The guardhouse will be used as an information post for people entering campus, KSU spokeswoman Felicia Lewis said. It will be a source for campus directions and parking passes.&nbsp;Students and the general public will have to show identification at times, Lewis said, such as during emergencies and special events.</p><p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:14:08 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 23084 at http://weku.fm Centential Former Frankfort Mayor Remembered http://weku.fm/post/centential-former-frankfort-mayor-remembered <p>Former Frankfort Mayor and philanthropist Frank Sower died Thursday night at Ashwood Place. He was 101.&nbsp;Sower and his wife of 74 years, Minnie Lynn, have generously given to Frankfort&rsquo;s youth, the elderly and community projects. The longtime businessman owned Sower&rsquo;s Office Supply downtown with his son, John Sower, until the shop closed in 2008. His death likely stemmed from pneumonia, John Sower told The State Journal this morning. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:33:16 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 22055 at http://weku.fm Diploma Bill Awaits House Approval http://weku.fm/post/diploma-bill-awaits-house-approval <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/simple_article/5159933?page=0">Debbie McCoy&rsquo;s 16-year-old daughter Brittany</a> will walk across the stage with her peers on graduation day, but she won&rsquo;t leave the Frankfort Convention Center with a diploma. Instead, Brittany, who has learning disabilities, will walk out with a certificate that says she completed her time at Franklin County High School. Her mother calls that distinction heartbreaking. Legislation now making its way through the state House would change the name of the document from &ldquo;certificate of attainment&rdquo; to &ldquo;alternate diploma.&rdquo; Senate Bill 43 won unanimous approval in the Senate and cleared a House panel Tuesday. It now awaits a vote by the full House. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:57:39 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 21934 at http://weku.fm Diploma Bill Awaits House Approval UK President Looks Abroad for Funding http://weku.fm/post/uk-president-looks-abroad-funding <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5158320">As University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto </a>watches state and federal dollars dip, a new source of funding has emerged: research grants from abroad. &ldquo;We live in a new normal,&rdquo; he told members of the Frankfort Rotary Club Thursday. &ldquo;The expectation of the traditional sources of funding &ndash; state and federal support &ndash; are going to be flat, and we&rsquo;re realizing in Kentucky this year, they may even decline for the next several years.&rdquo; But by expanding research partnerships abroad and looking for opportunities to collaborate with foreign countries, Capilouto said UK can weather the economic storm. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:06:09 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 21659 at http://weku.fm UK President Looks Abroad for Funding School Lunch Overhaul on the Way http://weku.fm/post/school-lunch-overhaul-way <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5157610">Elkhorn Middle School eighth-grader Hanna Sewell</a> sat at the lunch table Wednesday behind a foam tray that held a hamburger and french fries. A few feet away, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department of Education were eating lunch too. They stopped by Elkhorn Middle Wednesday to promote new federal guidelines that will cut sodium, add whole grains and provide a wider selection of fruits and vegetables on the side of school lunches nationwide. Announced just a few weeks ago, it&rsquo;s the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years. Some of the changes will take place when kids return to school this fall; others will be phased in over time. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:48:01 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 21585 at http://weku.fm School Lunch Overhaul on the Way Support Shown for Charter Reforms http://weku.fm/post/support-shown-charter-reforms <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5157137">Rep. Carl Rollins pitched his &ldquo;districts of innovation&rdquo;</a> bill to local school board members Monday, just hours before his House Education Committee was to host a hearing about allowing charter schools in Kentucky. House Bill 37 &ndash; the innovation legislation &ndash; would allow school districts to sidestep certain state regulations that govern Kentucky&rsquo;s public schools with approval from state education officials. Rollins, a Midway Democrat, said the bill would let educators try charter-like reforms without siphoning funding from existing public schools. It cleared the House unanimously last week. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:55:02 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 21422 at http://weku.fm Accelerated High School Program in Franklin http://weku.fm/post/accelerated-high-school-program-franklin <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/simple_article/5155942">A group of Franklin County freshmen</a> are hard at work this year seeking a unique reward: the chance to graduate high school in half the time it will take their peers. About 50 teens from Franklin County and Western Hills High schools have joined a national pilot program called Excellence for All in hopes of earning a diploma in just two years. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:24:53 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 21230 at http://weku.fm KSU President Pledges Money http://weku.fm/post/ksu-president-pledges-money <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5151496">Kentucky State University President Mary Sias</a> has pledged to contribute at least $37,500 of her own money to the school&rsquo;s five-year, $12.5 million fundraising campaign. &ldquo;Not because I have it, but because this is important,&rdquo; she told university regents. University officials outlined the effort for regents and senior staffers Thursday, urging them to donate and make connections with others who might also give. Sias says it&rsquo;s the first time in recent memory &ndash; maybe the first ever &ndash; that KSU has organized a capital campaign. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:47:27 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 20484 at http://weku.fm OWN Program Provides Opportunities http://weku.fm/post/own-program-provides-opportunities <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5144002">Participants in a grassroots effort</a> at Frankfort Independent Schools hope their work gives black male students a boost for better lives. The program they&rsquo;ve started, Frankfort&rsquo;s OWN, will provide those students a place to study, practice working in teams, meet role models and learn about college opportunities every Saturday during the school year. The program is modeled after the Black Males Working Academy in Lexington. Sun, 08 Jan 2012 17:29:22 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 19373 at http://weku.fm Kentucky State University Recieves Walmart Grant http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-state-university-recieves-walmart-grant <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5138408">Kentucky State University</a> is well under way with a $100,000 grant to help first-generation college students succeed in school. KSU is one 18 schools sharing a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation awarded in February through the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education. Recipients are halfway through a two-year search for ways to keep low-income, minority and first-generation college students in school until graduation day. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:46:33 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 18416 at http://weku.fm State Shortfall means Fewer Funds for Schools http://weku.fm/post/state-shortfall-means-fewer-funds-schools <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5135102">Local school officials around</a> Kentucky will soon find out how much money they stand to lose in a $57.5 million shortfall to state education funding.&nbsp;Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told superintendents in an email Friday that the Kentucky Department of Education would announce mid-year cuts later this month. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:55:41 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 17938 at http://weku.fm Female Recruits Paved the Way http://weku.fm/post/female-recruits-paved-way <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5132833">LaRue Dillon was working as a secretary in Birmingham, Ala.,</a> when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing thousands and launching America&rsquo;s entry into World War II. A few months later in 1942, the U.S. military opened its doors to women for the first time, and Dillon and her roommate enlisted together. Her decision was part patriotism, part youthful wanderlust. &ldquo;You know how you do things when you&rsquo;re a teenager &ndash; I just wanted to go,&rdquo; Dillon, 93, said a few weeks ago from her Scott County home. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:27:52 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 17577 at http://weku.fm Toy Collection Reflects History http://weku.fm/post/toy-collection-reflects-history <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5132228">Charles Stewart used to store</a> 3,200 years of military history on the shelves in his Frankfort bedroom, attic and garage. His collection of 10,000 toy soldiers represents battles from ancient Egypt to the Gulf War, and it will soon become a permanent fixture at the Frasier History Museum in Louisville.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:54:51 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 17525 at http://weku.fm Toy Collection Reflects History State Test Scores to Look Different Next Year http://weku.fm/post/state-test-scores-look-different-next-year <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5128503">Educators still have lots of questions about Kentucky&rsquo;s new testing system</a>, which will be administered for the first time this spring. But one of those may be a little clearer now, after the state sent schools their &ldquo;simulated&rdquo; results for the upcoming exam.</p><p> Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:54:25 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 16955 at http://weku.fm Frankfort Schools Ban Cell Phone Use for Teachers http://weku.fm/post/frankfort-schools-ban-cell-phone-use-teachers <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5124877">Personal phone calls and text messages are no longer allowed</a> during class time for Frankfort Independent teachers and staff. Board of Education members gave final approval to a new policy Tuesday, banning personal cell phone use by employees during class time. Calls and texts must now wait for planning periods, lunch breaks or before or after school, according to the new rules. Brad Hughes, spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, says very few school districts statewide have policies related to personal use of cell phones during class time. That&rsquo;s because most of the policies only come up when there&rsquo;s a problem, he said. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:19:12 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 16365 at http://weku.fm Recent Grads Stay Flexible in Job Hunt http://weku.fm/post/recent-grads-stay-flexible-job-hunt <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5116978">Teron Abdullah, a 2010 graduate of Kentucky State University</a>, worked his way through college as a night stocker at a local Kroger store. After earning a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in business administration, he hoped to work as a banker, but realized it wasn&rsquo;t a good fit. So he entered the 25-week management-training program at Kroger, something he says fits his outgoing personality and penchant for problem solving. It isn&rsquo;t what Abdullah expected, but he&rsquo;s hopeful it will open the door to a variety of jobs with the grocery chain. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:29:36 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 15296 at http://weku.fm Recent Grads Stay Flexible in Job Hunt New Rules to Improve KY Alternative Schools http://weku.fm/post/new-rules-improve-ky-alternative-schools <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5113521">Kentucky&rsquo;s alternative schools and programs could</a> become more consistent &ndash; and easier for state education officials to track &ndash; when a new regulation takes effect next year. The latest rules set minimum requirements for programs that typically target at-risk kids, stipulating that they meet or exceed the offerings found in traditional classrooms. They also standardize accounting procedures and student data collection statewide, processes that vary from district to district now.</p><p> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 23:15:09 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 14859 at http://weku.fm Cell Phones May Be Banned for Frankfort Teachers http://weku.fm/post/cell-phones-may-be-banned-frankfort-teachers <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5112057">Frankfort Independent teachers and staff</a> won&rsquo;t be allowed to make personal phone calls or text messages during class time, if a new policy is approved next month. Board of Education members gave first reading to the policy Tuesday, which says employees must save calls and text messages for their planning periods, lunch breaks or before or after school. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:13:07 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 14619 at http://weku.fm KSU Sees Slight Dip in Undergraduate Enrollment http://weku.fm/post/ksu-sees-slight-dip-undergraduate-enrollment <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5102494">Kentucky State University had a slight decline</a> in undergraduate enrollment this fall after implementing a tougher admission policy and ramping up efforts to collect outstanding tuition bills. KSU enrolled 121 fewer undergraduates this fall for a 5 percent drop, according to documents provided by the Council on Postsecondary Education. Undergraduate numbers stayed relatively steady for other Kentucky universities. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:04:44 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 13310 at http://weku.fm Pill Ring Earns Organized Crime Status http://weku.fm/post/pill-ring-earns-organized-crime-status <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5095819">A Frankfort man charged with organized crime</a> planned and financed road trips to Florida for prescription pills, a detective said in court testimony Tuesday. Detective Matt Brown, speaking on behalf of the Franklin County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, said 36-year-old Neil Clark was &ldquo;ringleader&rdquo; of the trips, which may have involved as many as 15 people over the course of several trips. Clark sold the pills after they arrived in Frankfort, Brown said. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:34:31 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 12442 at http://weku.fm Pill Ring Earns Organized Crime Status Students Cash-in on AP Tests http://weku.fm/post/students-cash-ap-tests <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5091104">Franklin County High School students </a>have earned nearly $10,000 in rewards for passing Advanced Placement courses since the launch of a grant aimed at boosting enrollment and performance. Students and their parents collected checks in a Friday afternoon assembly: $100 for each passing score they received on an AP exam in English, math or science last year. State education officials announced the three-year, $423,000 AdvanceKentucky grant for Franklin County and Western Hills High School in April 2010</p><p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:34:51 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 11904 at http://weku.fm Frankfort High Students Resist Dress Code http://weku.fm/post/frankfort-high-students-resist-dress-code <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5088811">Frankfort Independent students who</a> pride themselves on their unique style may have to abide by a strict dress code or wear uniforms next fall as part of an effort to curb dropouts. Alan Spade, assistant principal at Frankfort High School, discussed the idea with more than 30 students, parents and teachers Monday night. Studies have shown a correlation between uniform dress codes and higher attendance and graduation rates, he said, though there&rsquo;s no proof that attire alone did the trick. But as much as they love their small, tight-knit school, the half dozen girls that gathered after the meeting agreed that they would rather transfer to Franklin County Schools than wear uniforms.</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:16:13 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 11521 at http://weku.fm State Learns Through ITunes http://weku.fm/post/state-learns-through-itunes <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/simple_article/5086355?page=0">Students, parents, teachers and community members</a> can now access free Kentucky-specific educational materials through iTunes. During Wednesday&rsquo;s launch at Woodford County High School, state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday called the resource &ldquo;mass customization of learning,&rdquo; comparing it to his own Yahoo News page and Twitter feed. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s no longer a cookie-cutter education,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Students can customize their learning lists like they do their music playlists.&rdquo; The iTunes U project is a partnership among the Kentucky Department of Education, the University of Kentucky and KET. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:55:48 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal & Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio 11155 at http://weku.fm State Learns Through ITunes KSU Fraternity Helps with MLK Monument http://weku.fm/post/ksu-fraternity-helps-mlk-monument <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/simple_article/5086306?page=0">A Kentucky State University grad and his fraternity brothers </a>can say they played a small role in this week&rsquo;s historic dedication of a towering memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. Bill Wilson, now associate vice president for development at KSU, and Central Kentucky alumni members of Alpha Phi Alpha raised more than $25,000 toward the monument&rsquo;s construction. It will be the first memorial for an African American leader on the hallowed grounds of the National Mall. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 16:52:05 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 11154 at http://weku.fm Aerospace Program to Stay in Frankfort http://weku.fm/post/aerospace-program-stay-frankfort <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5084102">The nonprofit organization that proposed </a>building a $1.5 million aerospace education center at the Capital City Airport has reached an agreement with state officials to stay in Frankfort. Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education leaders announced last month that they would move to Southern Indiana if a plan to use hangar and runway space in Frankfort collapsed. But Tim Smith, a teacher at Frankfort High School and chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization, says he and state Transportation Cabinet officials negotiated a solution this week. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:00:59 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 10884 at http://weku.fm Fired Professor Plans to Sue KSU http://weku.fm/post/fired-professor-plans-sue-ksu <p><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5079870 ">Saying there&rsquo;s &ldquo;too much water under the bridge </a>to return&rdquo; to Kentucky State University, fired agriculture professor Harold Benson plans to sue his former employer, his attorney says. Brenda Allen told The State Journal Tuesday that her client was unable to reach a settlement with KSU, and she&rsquo;s preparing to file suit on his behalf. Allen says she is awaiting documents she requested from KSU&nbsp; under the Kentucky Open Records Act, and will likely file the suit in early September. She argues that her client was tenured faculty and couldn&rsquo;t legally be terminated. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:41:31 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 10299 at http://weku.fm Fired Professor Plans to Sue KSU Low Graduation Rates Explained http://weku.fm/post/low-graduation-rates-explained <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5075795">Kentucky has changed the formula it uses</a> to calculate graduation rates, and it has caused local numbers to drop &ndash; and in one case, nosedive. The Kentucky Department of Education today released the data for the graduating class of 2010, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind program. To meet their federal goals, schools and districts will be required to have a graduation rate of 82.32 percent or close the gap between the previous year&rsquo;s rate by at least 10 percent. Statewide, the 2010 graduation rate is 76.7 percent. In 2009 under the old formula, the state reported a rate of 83.9 percent. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:35:24 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal & Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio 9766 at http://weku.fm Classroom Technology Goes Wireless http://weku.fm/post/classroom-technology-goes-wireless <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5074608 "><strong>Paper and pencils appear on every</strong></a> back-to-school shopping list this fall, but students and teachers may watch their classrooms go digital in the coming years. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:54:02 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 9672 at http://weku.fm KSU President gets Glowing Review, Raise http://weku.fm/post/ksu-president-gets-glowing-review-raise <p><a href="http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/5071014">Kentucky State University President</a> Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday&rsquo;s meeting of the Board of Regents. Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias&rsquo; participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students&rsquo; academic achievements.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:44:52 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal 9275 at http://weku.fm