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.
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.
By Amy Wilson, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
When asked, only about one in four Kentucky parents describe the meals served at their child's schools or day care centers as being nutritious. Fewer than 10 percent report that their child have ever walked or biked to school. And an overwhelming majority want information about sexually transmitted infections, human anatomy, abstinence education, birth control methods and condom use taught in Kentucky's high schools.
Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program. Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The program is for pre-kindergarten students and their parents and is meant to prepare children to enter school.
The Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Jefferson Community and Technical College will benefit from a half billion dollar federal grant program. The money is being spread across the country to develop and expand training programs. The two Kentucky schools will receive a part of 15 million dollars coming to the Henry Ford Community College Consortium.