EKU to Begin Ticketing for Tobacco Related Violations

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Beginning next month, anyone caught smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco on Eastern Kentucky University campuses could be ticketed.  EKU officials are cracking down on offenders after declaring all campuses tobacco free more than a year ago.

EKU 2015 Freshman Class One of School’s Largest

Aug 21, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus is overflowing with new faces. Friday is move-in day for what is expected to be one of EKU’s largest incoming freshman classes ever.  Don Garza of Springfield, Kentucky says his brother, already an Eastern student, encouraged him to enroll. Garza says he knows it will be a brand new experience.  “Meeting some new friends, just hanging out, different experience from high school, grow up a little bit,” said Garza.

Kentucky Center For School Safety Releases Report

Aug 20, 2015

This year’s school safety data report has been released.  Drug and alcohol issues remain a priority concern.

Work on New Lexington High School to Resume

Aug 19, 2015

Construction of a new high school in Lexington is expected to resume soon.  A building permit is expected to be issued this morning. 

EKU President Outlines Priorities During Convocation

Aug 18, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday spelled out academic, facility, and campus lifestyle priorities for the Richmond school.  Benson’s thoughts came during the annual convocation at the EKU Center for the Arts.

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The appointment of Kentucky’s top education official would be subject to state Senate confirmation under a bill pre-filed last week in the General Assembly.

Transition From College to University in Midway

Aug 13, 2015
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The former Midway College became Midway University earlier this summer. The school’s president outlined the conversion process for Lexington Rotarians Thursday.

A new, more rigorous version of the GED test has led to a dramatic drop in the number of Kentuckians receiving a high school equivalency diploma.


Wednesday is the first day of school for thousands of Lexington area students.  It’s also the first day of school for the superintendent of the state’s second largest school district.

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen Kevin C. Brown as interim commissioner while its search continues for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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A van outfitted with computer stations is travelling all over the state to spread the word about saving for college.  The 'College Info Road Show' bus made a stop on Eastern Kentucky University's campus last week.

School Principals Attend Class While Students Wrap Up Summer Break

Jul 27, 2015
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While school children are enjoying their last few days poolside, many of their principals are in the classroom. The National Institute for School Leadership Program is meeting this week in Lexington.

About two dozen central Kentucky principals are meeting at Garden Springs Elementary.

SOAR STEM Project Unveiled

Jul 20, 2015

Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced an initiative aimed at enhancing math and science instruction in Appalachia. Several eastern Kentucky school districts are involved in the project. 

Beshear and Rogers, co-chairs of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, gathered with educators from 22 eastern Kentucky school districts. 

Performance-Based Higher Education Funding Possible in 2016

Jul 19, 2015

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is continuing to seek comments about its strategic agenda for the state's public universities.  The work is being done with an eye toward a new form of funding by 2016.

The aim of the statewide strategic agenda is to, over time, increase educational attainment, bolster job creation, and increase per capita income. 

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday night updated city leaders and community members on plans to transform the Richmond campus.  Benson presented at the Town and Gown Vision 2020 Forum.

New Fayette Schools Chief Comes with Large District Experience

Jun 29, 2015


A person with experience in helping lead large school districts in New England is coming to head Kentucky's second largest school system.  Manny Caulk got the nod during a special Fayette County board meeting this past weekend.

The 43-year-old Caulk comes to Lexington from Portland Maine where he headed the state's largest school district. 

EKU Housing Plan Calls for Demolition and New Construction

Jun 23, 2015

Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with plans to upgrade student housing on the Richmond campus.  The EKU Board of Regents received an update on the project Monday. Plans call for tearing down three dorms, as well as a portion of family housing, and constructing new facilities. 

UK Funding Free Bus Service for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Jun 16, 2015
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Beginning in July, taking a Lextran bus will be the cheapest option for University of Kentucky students, staff, and faculty members. 

Lextran Board Chair Jeff Fugate hopes it will change the way people think about commuting.   "I remember when I was a freshman here back in the 90's, I didn't have a car," said Fugate.  "If couldn't walk there, I didn't go to it.  And this will really open up our city to the students and then, at the same time, it gives the faculty and staff a way to get to and from work and maybe get out of their cars."


Courses on civility in elementary school could help reduce bullying.  That's the advice of a long time researcher who's studied youth civility.

KSU Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to Faculty, Staff

Jun 1, 2015

Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse has outlined plans for next year's $45.8 million operating budget.

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A Lexington third grader now has a bit of a head start on building her college fund.  Anna Curry is one of six winners of the 'Dream Out Loud Challenge.'

Curry attends Sandersville Elementary.  She wrote an essay for the challenge about ways to change the world after college.  Curry suggested weekly 'kindness clubs' in schools.  "I hope it would work so nobody bullied anybody else and everybody would be nice to each other and kind to each other," said Curry.

EKU Planetarium Renovated

May 22, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University's Hummel Planetarium has undergone a significant facelift. 

Re-opening ceremonies were staged Thursday highlighting $160 thousand in equipment upgrades expected to make the 27-year-old facility more attractive to students and the general public. 

Graduation Ceremonies at EKU and WKU This Weekend

May 15, 2015
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Caps and gowns will be prevalent at both Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University this weekend.  The ceremonies come as the state is seeing a slowdown in the number of college graduations.

Gamers Demonstrate Their Talents at EKU Exhibition

May 13, 2015


The time required to develop a video game can vary widely from days to months to even years.  Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday played host to a regional video game exhibition.

Eastern Ky County Benefits from Summer Reading Program

May 12, 2015

Following a two-year summer reading initiative, officials at an eastern Kentucky elementary school say their students' reading scores increased significantly.  Owsley County Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools that participated in the national non-profit 'Reading is Fundamental' program. / Lexington Herald Leader

The Fayette County school board has voted to terminate its contract with PROACT Search Inc.

EKU to Offer Social Justice Degree in Fall 2015

Apr 30, 2015

This fall, Eastern Kentucky University will become the first college or university in the state to offer a Social Justice Studies degree.

Several Child Welfare Agencies Collaborate to Prevent Child Abuse

Apr 24, 2015
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A coalition of Lexington area child welfare agencies is recognizing those working to reduce abuse and neglect.  Stand Up For Youth sponsored an appreciation event Friday morning at the Plantory.  Sunflower Kids coordinates supervised visitation, often court ordered by a judge.  Director Stephanie Hoffman says her agency works with some 140 families each year. "Educating parents about how having safe stable relationships with both parents is important.”

Hoffman adds there can’t be abuse by one parent and expect it not to affect the child.

Early Childhood Academy Expansion

Apr 24, 2015

A central Kentucky corporate mainstay and a social service nonprofit are working together to help more parents become actively involved in their children's pre-school education.  

Longer School Days for Fayette County Students

Apr 22, 2015

Lexington area students are spending a little more time at school this week. Public schools in Fayette County are extending the school day by 30 minutes to make up for missed instruction time due to wintry weather.  Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm says 177 days of strong instructional focus are required.  "It's not only an obligation, I think it's what we desire,” said Helm. “As educators, you want to make sure that you are giving your students a full instructional year."