It’s ‘back to school’ time in Fayette County Thursday and the students numbers continue to rise.
New school construction and renovation are a part of the fabric of the Fayette County School System. Acting school superintendent, Mary Wright says projections show an additional 800 students coming into the Lexington district this year. She says the district has been growing by about 600 students in each of the last few years. Wright says some renovation work continues
Saying there’s “too much water under the bridge to return” 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’s preparing to file suit on his behalf. Allen says she is awaiting documents she requested from KSU 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’t legally be terminated.
When school bells ring Thursday in Mason County, a new learning academy will debut at the high school. The Mason County Learning Academy concept was approved and funded by the Mason County Board of Education to help struggling students experience a new way of learning and provide an avenue of hope toward graduation. With a dedicated faculty, a revamped building, new computers and flexible hours, the district's investment of $150,000 plus is focused on helping students who are on the verge of failing, thus becoming a drop-out statistic.
A former Warren County Public Schools teacher urged the Warren County Board of Education on Monday to officially prohibit discrimination of district employees based on sexual orientation. Jennifer Gonzalez, who taught at Moss Middle School from 2002-05, appeared at Monday’s meeting to request the change to the county’s employee nondiscrimination policy.
Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced $952,500 in funding for 39 Community Early Childhood Councils across Kentucky to promote school readiness for children. “These funds will provide critical support to our local communities,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release. “We owe our children – every one of them in our inner cities to our suburbs to our farms and our mountain communities – the opportunity for a promising life. This investment is the best way to promote family and community support around early childhood.”
Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens announced a 90-day plan at her first school board meeting on Monday. The plan outlines her strategic priorities and includes performance checks and both short and long-term goals.
Among Kentucky's National Guardsmen, the unemployment rate for those not on active duty is around 14-25 percent, significantly higher than the state and national average. That worries Lt. Col. John Bates, who commands the 2/138th Field Artillery unit in Lexington. Bates says Guardsmen need civilian jobs to ensure stable communities.
A judge in Indianapolis is scheduled to hear arguments this week in a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher program, created this year by the General Assembly. The program allows parents who meet income guidelines to use tax money to send their children to private schools, including those with religious affiliations.Opponents of the program include the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Kids across Lexington will be receiving school supplies free courtesy of the YMCA this Saturday. The supplies, including backpacks, will be given away to up to 8000 kids in 20 local neighborhoods as part of the YMCA's Ready, Set, Go! Back-to-School Rallies. The events, which cater to elementary, middle, and high school students, will also feature activities, resource booths, entertainment, food, and speakers.
The Hancock County Board of Education approved a 3- year, $265,000 lease for 500 iPads for all the teachers and students at Hancock County High School. The money for the devices comes out of the school district’s General Fund. “We will be the first high school in the state to give iPads to every student and every teacher,” Hancock County Board of Education Superintendent Scott Lewis said. “My vision is that eventually kids can walk around the high school with iPads and no books.”
It was, as the chairman of the state board of education called it, "a small opportunity to correct a large wrong." During a Wednesday afternoon ceremony, the Kentucky School for the Deaf presented diplomas to a handful of blacks who had left the institution decades ago without receiving the official recognition of their completion of courses.
While many schools are focused on the start of another academic year, the Kentucky School for the Deaf is honoring students who should have graduated several decades ago. Aaron Adams, Jr. Henrietta Burnette, Bobby Lee Oliver. Those were some of the names read at a graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville.
While at first it appeared construction projects might delay the opening of schools in Lincoln County, the real culprit turned out to be heating and air conditioning systems and a critical mold issue. As a result, Lincoln County schools will open a week later than scheduled.
Western Kentucky University has an annual economic impact of $672 million on the community, according to a new study by WKU’s Center for Applied Economics. The money that WKU spends for supplies and other items in the community and for the salaries of faculty and staff amounts to about $385 million a year. But the standard multiplier effect of 1.75 puts that annual impact at $672 million - or roughly 26 percent of the money spent in Warren County - the study said. WKU salaries account for about $252 million, or 10 percent, of all income earned in the county.
Kentucky has changed the formula it uses to calculate graduation rates, and it has caused local numbers to drop – 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’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.
Amid blistering midsummer heat, summer vacation is ending as schools reopen this week in Frankfort and other Kentucky communities. Frankfort Independent Schools and Breathitt County Schools opened Monday for the 2011-12 school year. Most other districts open later this week or next, including Fayette County on Aug. 11.
With not one, but two water collection systems, sloped-ceiling classroom designs to incorporate both solar and natural lighting, an outdoor classroom and garden space, Wellington Elementary Principal Meribeth Gaines says the five hundred or so students that will soon call this place home, will be surrounded with daily lessons on sustainability.It's being billed as Fayette County's most energy efficient and sustainable elementary school building, and on Monday, administrators, teachers, and volunteers took time out to show off the new Wellington Elementary School.
The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan devastated parts of that country and shook the economy around the world. It did not, however, shake the resolve of several Kentuckians who are headed to Japan this weekend to start new jobs. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program hires English-speaking college graduates to teach in Japanese public schools. Adrienne Ledbetter is from Bowling Green and is headed to a city near Mt. Fuji that recently faced a food crisis after authorities found radiation-tainted beef.
The University of Louisville has doubled the power of its supercomputer. When it was installed in 2009, the Cardinal Research Cluster was 21 teraflops, meaning it could do 21 trillion calculations per second. Most home computers aren’t measured in flops, but rarely exceed a ten thousandth of that power. Now the cluster is 42 teraflops. It’s used for cancer research and the new capacity will be used for pediatric cancer and environmental research.
Starting in late August, all students in grades 5-12 in the Owensboro school system will get laptop computers. The school system purchased 2,200 of the Apple Macbook Air laptops. Each cost about $1,000, according to a published report in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.
FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced Kentucky has been awarded $1 million to fuel policy innovations and reforms aimed at significantly transforming remedial education. The grant is provided by Complete College America as part of its national Completion Innovation Challenge grant competition. Kentucky will use its grant funds to enhance developmental education opportunities for adults who enroll in the Learn on Demand online program offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).
Eastern Kentucky University and Somerset Community College have made the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of great places to work in academia. The list was compiled by anonymous surveys of workers at 310 institutions and included evaluations of features including leadership, careers and compensation. The Chronicle survey identified 111 colleges and universities across the country as superior workplaces. While EKU and Somerset were the only Kentucky schools to make that list, Hazard Community College, Murray State University and Transylvania University were recognized in individual categories.
Kentucky State University President Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Regents. Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias’ participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students’ academic achievements.
With the students in the U.S. falling behind in math and science, teachers are hoping to learn new ways to rekindle interest in the subjects, and nearly 1000 teachers have gathered in Lexington over the past few weeks to do just that. The National Assessment of Educational Programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. Likewise, math and science teachers are becoming harder and harder to come by. For the past couple weeks, a program called Laying the Foundation has been training teachers, mostly from Kentucky, to better prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses.