That ringing iPhone can now notify Kentucky parents of a changing grade in science class or an absence excuse note that never made it into the teacher’s hands. Detailed information about public school kids’ grades, attendance and homework assignments is now available instantly from any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with a free app provided by the state Department of Education. The information that’s available isn’t new – it’s just taking a new form.
University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto is moving forward with plans to renovate and build new facilities on campus. A framework for the multi-year project already exists. UK trustees were surprised Tuesday by the pace of progress. The plan presented by President Capilouto proposes, among other things, the construction of a $30-million dollar residence hall to open in 2013, a plan to solicit ideas from private developers, and the installation of up to 9000 new residence hall beds.
Even miles away from home, teacher Andrea Meyer still is a presence in her Elizabethtown classroom. Lt. Col. Meyer of the U.S. Army Reserve, a special education teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, has been deployed to Kuwait for 400 days, but still is keeping tabs on her students by Skype, an online video call service, like she did on Monday. Her school, in return, will be working on a service project for the entirety of her deployment.
A new addition to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is calling for greater transparency from the school's administration. Irina Voro is accusing UK officials of stonewalling her request for data.
The success of a weekend volunteer program geared toward closing achievement gaps among African American male students has sparked the creation of a new school in Fayette County. The Carter G. Woodson Academy will open next year as the first all-male school within FCPS, using the Black Males Working Academy as its model.
A Louisville teacher has been selected to participate in a program that helps teach students to be tolerant. Kathleen Crawford is a teacher at Louisville Collegiate School and one of 22 board members selected out of 500 applicants to advise the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” project.
Jermaine Brown Jr. finishes his rendition of Felix Mendelssohn's Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth at the University of Kentucky's Schmidt Vocal Arts Center. The teacher jumps up, clapping. "That was wonderful — you get the job," he exclaims. It's powerful praise considering the teacher is Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, famous for appearances on PBS and at Yankee Stadium, concert halls around the world and occasions such as President Ronald Reagan's funeral. For two weeks this fall and each fall and spring for the next three years, Tynan will be at UK working with students as the Alltech Visiting Artist in Residence.
Kentucky’s alternative schools and programs could become more consistent – and easier for state education officials to track – 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.
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College has offered $200,000 to the Harlan County school district for the property and building that in the past was the home of Cumberland High School. The county school board has accepted the bid, and the deal is currently awaiting final approval from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Lexington Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with shots being fired and a stabbing near Tates Creek High School Wednesday. Lt. James Curless says a fight at Gainesway Park escalated around 8 am. "There was a total of six people involved in this altercation and disorder. Certain people did certain things and suffered the criminal charges for their actions. Some were students, some were not."
A Fayette County high school is one of 19 schools across the state that are now considered "persistently low-achieving." Bryan Station High School made the list that was released Wednesday after several years of not meeting benchmarks in math and reading based on No Child Left Behind. "What will happen is the state Department of Education will send a team that will do a leadership audit of the school and will work with the staff at our office to determine recommendations of where we might go from here," says Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton.
Western Kentucky University officially opened its NOVA Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. The Nondestructive Analysis Center aims to provide research and testing services using the newly acquired Large Chamber Scanning Electron Microscope. WKU is the only university in North America to have such technology, and the only other place in the United States with equipment to rival it is Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Frankfort Independent teachers and staff won’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.
The weather was not the best to be outdoors last Thursday, but to the students who came to the University of Kentucky Wood Utilization Center in Quicksand for their annual “Win With Wood” day, none of that mattered at all.
Educators from the Corbin Independent, Jefferson County and Boone County public school districts are Kentucky's teachers of the year for 2012. The winners were announced Tuesday in Frankfort by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc., which co-sponsor the awards.
For four days last week, the pictures taken by photojournalism students in Breathitt County told a thousand stories. They told stories of everyday life and enduring love. Stories of strength, stress and strife, and other faces of the human condition. And behind their digital camera lenses, the students came away with a genuine appreciation of the subjects they pictured.
An engineer at the University of Kentucky has dusted off an old idea two of his former colleagues had and turned it into a modern geological map going from Winchester to Ashland on Interstate 64. The map identifies natural or artificial rock formations on the side of the interstate at different points. It is part of a series aimed to give people a better historical context about the surroundings of their roadways and to make geology more accessible.
The University of Louisville Board of Trustees continues to be impressed by President James Ramsey as a contract extension through 2020 was approved Thursday. It’s no surprise the board wants to keep Ramsey whose contract is scheduled to expire next summer. Earlier this year the panel praised him for meeting all the university’s goals and for increasing the foundation’s campaign goal to $1 billion.
The president of the University of Kentucky says the state’s economy and the proposed super-region between Louisville and Lexington relies in part on upgrades to public universities.The super-region would be based around manufacturing, most of it for the automotive industry. Capilouto says research at the universities will play a role, and that, in turn, will require more modern facilities.
The information Steven Bowen, program director for the Office of Highway Safety, shared with Mason County Middle School students about car accidents and seat belt safety was invaluable. However, his message was really driven home when he switched on a machine that simulated a roll-over accident with four dummies inside, two adult-sized dummies and two-child sized dummies. Those wearing seat belts stayed in the vehicle while the two unrestrained dummies were ejected - a scenario that made quite an impact with some students.
Program reviews were created and implemented this year and will be used the following year to assess how certain subjects and content are being taught throughout Kentucky. But lawmakers say foreign language shouldn’t be considered among core content and some superintendents say it’ll be difficult to implement language programs at a time with so many changing assessments. The board says learning another language will be important in the near future and starting early is best.
The former treasurer of Beechwood High School Athletic Boosters was indicted Thursday in Kenton County on a charge she stole from the nonprofit group. Shelli Slusher, 44, is charged with theft by deception of more than $10,000, a felony punishable by five years to 10 years in prison. Court records didn't indicate how much money is unaccounted for but the alleged theft occurred from January 2005 to June 2010.
The Kentucky Board of Education has named a temporary replacement for suspended Bath County school board member Bill Boyd, but the decision is generating controversy. The state board on Wednesday selected Vearl Pennington to fill in during Boyd's state-ordered 90-day suspension, which will end in mid-December. Pennington, 72, previously served two full terms and part of another term on the Bath board and had served as its chairman.
The University of Kentucky has received nearly half a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to study economic development in eastern Kentucky. The study involves faculty from UK’s business school and schools of social work, public health, sociology and agriculture. Business professor Walter Ferrier is the study’s principal investigator. He says the researchers will look at the region’s economic development organizations.
The students at Jackson City School didn't get to have the day off last Wednesday, but it was a “Holliday” of sorts, as the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education stopped by the school for a visit that afternoon. Commissioner Terry Holliday came from Frankfort and spent about an hour and 45 minutes at the school, doing a lot of classroom observations and meeting with some of the students and staff.
Following a retreat and campus tour last weekend, the University of Kentucky trustees are urging UK president Eli Capilouto to adopt a plan that could dramatically alter the university's campus. A campus-wide brainstorming session launched by President Capilouto has quickly narrowed its focus to one of improving the undergraduate experience, with an emphasis on overhauling outdated facilities. "Yes, we've got some 19th century facilities to work on and we're going to get it done," Capilouto says.
You may notice an abundance of cameras in Breathitt County next week. Don't worry; it's not paparazzi looking for their next celebrity cover shot. About 20 students from the University of Kentucky will be participating in a four-day documentary photography workshop. They'll be be turning their lenses on local residents and businesses to tell their stories through pictures and hopefully learn something along the way.
U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, noted Thursday night he was once in the same seat as the people like Justin Poe. A junior at Warren Central High School, Poe has been eyeing an opportunity to attend a military academy for some time. Thursday night at Bowling Green's Carroll Knicely Conference Center, as part of an Academy Information Fair hosted by the offices of Guthrie and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaders detailed what it takes to get into a military academy as well as answered students’ and parents’ questions.
Harlan Independent School Board’s rejection of a proposed non-student contract was discussed at a special called meeting Thursday of the Harlan County Board of Education. Earlier this week, the city school district turned down a proposal from the county school district. City schools Superintendent David Johnson said that the offered contract “does not represent our understanding of the mediation.” He said his board couldn’t agree to the proposal since it would limit the number of county district residents enrolling in the city district to 15 tuition-paying students. But County School Board chairman Gary Farmer took issue with that account.