The State Board of Education has acted to take over operation of the Breathitt County school district. The board Wednesday also moved to implement state assistance in the Monticello Independent school district. In November, the Department of Education completed a management audit of the Breathitt County schools. The findings indicated a significant lack of efficiency and effectiveness in the district’s management and governance.
Midway College this morning greeted its new president. A little rain didn’t dampen the fanfare for Doctor John Marsden. Members of the Midway College community lined what’s called the ‘Path of Opportunity’ which links the campus to the city of Midway. Accompanied by bag pipes and professors dressed in their academic gowns, Marsden and his wife Margaret proceeded along the path to a podium at Pinkerton Hall.
A former high-ranking researcher at the University of Kentucky has been penalized by federal investigators in a scientific misconduct case that spanned a decade and included allegations that he falsified data in at least 10 papers and numerous grant applications. Eric J. Smart, who was an associate professor and vice-chairman of the UK Department of Pediatrics and the Barnstable-Brown Chair in Diabetes Research, resigned from UK in May. He now teaches at Bourbon County High School.
As the number of immigrants coming to central Kentucky grows, the demand for English lessons also increases. But, there are not enough instructors here who can teach English-as-a-Second-Language classes. Lexington’s Multicultural Affairs Coordinator Isabel Taylor says ‘the numbers’ tell a big part of the story. Taylor says data gathered from the Fayette County School System shows about 15 hundred non-English speaking children were enrolled in 2005. By last spring, she says that number had almost tripled.
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Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday he’ll make a concerted effort to support the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership offered by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Prichard has hosted the program for several years, educating and mentoring hundreds of parents to become involved in their child’s education.
Martha Raddatz, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent and moderator of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate at Centre, will be the featured speaker at Centre’s 190th Commencement Ceremony on May 19. Raddatz has held her current role at ABC since 2008. Previously, she acted as the network’s State Department and senior national security correspondent. She and others at ABC News were recognized for their coverage of Sept. 11, 2001, with a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award.
In its campaign against hazing, Eastern Kentucky University expects student clubs to police themselves. The E-K-U Men’s Rugby Club was suspended Thursday night for freshmen initiations that included a paddle. The club cannot practice, play games, or even meet until August of 20-14. Eastern Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the university does not have enough staff to closely monitor such organizations.
The search for a new president at Eastern Kentucky University begins in earnest this week. Members of the E-K-U community can offer their thoughts on the skills needed in the next president. Consultants hired to help with the search will be in Richmond the next two days to hear from administrators, faculty, students, and citizens. An open community forum is tonight on the Richmond campus. Presidential Search and Screening Committee Chair Craig Turner says public comments will be part of the mix
A Pre-Halloween snowfall in eastern Kentucky has kept thousands of school children home. The snow comes as a spinoff to Hurricane Sandy. In Pike County, where classes were canceled Tuesday, Personnel Director Ralph Kilgore says an October snow day is highly unusual. “I can remember when I was a young man in school, we had snow and we were practicing football in the snow, but that was back in the 60’s. That’s been a long time. Since I’ve been in the school system, I cannot remember calling school off in October, for snow,” said Kilgore.
Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will continue to do special audits of school districts, after three turned up a variety of issues. Reviewing education funding was one of Edelen's campaign promises last year. And so far, he’s made good by auditing Kenton, Mason and Breathitt County school districts. Those reports found poor documentation of funds and occasional misspending. Edelen told lawmakers today he’ll continue doing the special audits to help school boards learn to keep tighter controls on their finances.
Eastern Kentucky University officials are looking into an allegation of hazing. The claim was filed against the men’s Rugby Club. E-K-U Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says officials are still trying to determine what happened. “We have an allegation. That is correct. We don’t know what has happened until we talk to students who happened to be there. But, there is an allegation that someone has made and that’s what we’re investigating at this point.” Said Reagle.
A public figure with extensive state and local government experience is among those people who will help Eastern Kentucky University find a new president. E-K-U President Doug Whitlock announced in August he would retire next summer. Former State Senator and Richmond City Manager Ed Worley will serve on the school’s newly formed search committee. “Are we a community with a university in it or are we a university community and there is a very distinct difference and I think who ever the next president needs to identify that this is a university community and they want to work with the community to grow this as Richmond, Madison County and Eastern Kentucky University together,” said Worley.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has invited schools and teachers across the state to bring the 2012 General Election into classrooms through the Kentucky Student Mock Election program. The deadline to register for the mock election, which is conducted in partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, is Oct. 31. The statewide mock election will be held on Nov. 1.
Georgetown College President William Crouch speaks during the college's graduation ceremony for graduate students earlier this year.
Dr. William Crouch announced his retirement Tuesday as the 23rd president of Georgetown College, effective June 30, 2013. The announcement comes on the 20th anniversary of his inauguration as Georgetown College president in 1992. “This is a decision that Bill and Jan have been contemplating for several months,” said Earl Goode, Board of Trustees chair. “As our 23rd president, he has served our community of learners faithfully the past 21 years. Together they have left a lasting impact on this institution.