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Education Briefs: Sept. 29, 2011

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By Tracy Harris

First month student enrollment exceeds projection

Data for the first month of the school year showed 57 more students enrolling in Oldham County schools than projected. Enrollment at elementary and middle schools is slightly down this year compared to last year, but high school enrollment is up.

Michael Williams, director of pupil personnel, said the increase in high school enrollment is due to the size of this year's ninth grade class.

The enrollment report also showed several school over capacity, including North Middle, Oldham County Middle and South High, with several other schools nearing capacity. Currently SOHS is at 107 percent of capacity with 1,156 students. NOMS is at 102 percent and OCMS at 104 percent.

Process to fill vacant board seat continues

The window for submitting nominations for the vacant division five position on the Oldham County Board of Education closed Sept. 26.

According to Superintendent Paul Upchurch, the state education commissioner will now form a board to review the applications.

The review board will consist of the commissioner and several education board members from surrounding counties. The board will choose an applicant who will then serve until the November 2012 general election.

Upchurch hopes the vacancy will be filled before Thanksgiving.

Recycling contract signed with county

Oldham County public schools will continue to work with county recycling to have those items picked up weekly. The school board was presented Monday with a cost comparison which showed a weekly fee of $150 per week from the county for the 2011-2012 school year. 

The annual contract will total $6,000, compared to $15,600 based on current pricing from Rumpke of Kentucky.  The agreement with Oldham County is for five years and increases by $15 to $25 annually.