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Education

  • Buckner Elementary student leads project

    Buckner Elementary student Kennedy Park asked her principal if she could start a drive for stuffed animals to be collected through Kosair. 

    They are to be given to officers when they go to transport children. Park is going to try and get 1,000 collected so the special Bear Patrol truck comes to pick them up. 

    “This was totally kid-initiated,” said Principal Lisa Cheek. “She didn’t even tell her teacher about it — she went straight to the top.”

  • Plans to spray, swipe South Oldham school for flu germs Saturday are canceled

    Plans for volunteers to spray and swipe South Oldham Middle School surfaces with disinfectant on Saturday, Feb. 2 are canceled.

    An army of parent volunteers planned to attack student desks, lockers, door handles and other surfaces at SOMS with disinfectant spray and Clorox wipes to decrease spread of the flu and other viruses.

    SOMS parent Daryl Baer coordinated efforts to rid the school of germs.

    "We do our best to stay on top of it in our homes," Baer said, "but our kids are the school more hours than at home."

  • Officials will redistrict students for 2014-15 school year

    Oldham County Schools officials are planning to redistrict students before the 2014-15 school year.

    Decreased birth rates have lowered enrollment projections and school board members voted to close Liberty Elementary while postponing the building of a new elementary school late last year.

    Tracy Harris, the district’s communications director, said administrators understand the difficulties and frustrations that can arise from redistricting.

  • Yes, even school lunch – there’s an app for that

    In a technology driven world, Oldham County Nutrition Services is keeping pace and also leading the charge.

    The nutrition program is the first school nutrition program in Kentucky to launch its own mobile menu app. Leigh Anne Peterson, assistant director of nutrition services, said the free app is a new way to communicate with students and parents.

  • Ky. earns top 10 national ranking for education, Oldham Co. tops state list

    A recent survey ranks Kentucky in the nation’s top 10 states for education — and Oldham County Schools remains in the state’s spotlight.

    Each year, Education Week — a national publication focused on K-12 education — produces a special “Quality Counts” issue.

    The report tracks key education indicators and grades states on their policy efforts and outcomes.

    Kentucky rose four places in the 2013 survey, claiming the 10th spot. It’s a total gain of 24 places since 2011.

  • Mother dissatisfied with Buckner diploma for son

    A Crestwood student recently graduated from the Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy, a National Guard program in Fort Knox.
    Dakota Williams, 18, completed the 22-week program that includes academics, leadership and job skills in a quasi-military setting.
    Started in 1999 as part of a national program, BCA holds two classes per year with about 100 students in each class.
    Williams plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University this semester.

  • School district celebrates careers of support staff

    Oldham County Schools said goodbye to two very familiar faces last week.

    Nancy Stivers and Diane Miller were both honored during a retirement reception at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center Jan. 4.

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    Both women worked for the school district for more than 20 years apiece — Stivers as the superintendent’s administrative assistant and Miller as the front desk receptionist.

  • Schools highlight safety plans after Connecticut shootings

    As the country grapples with the mass shooting of 26 people in a Connecticut elementary school last week, local officials hosted several safety forums to address parent concerns.

    Forums were held across the county Monday and Tuesday, offering parents and residents an opportunity to learn about safety procedures and ask questions.

  • Oldham Schools to host safety forums this week

    Oldham County Schools will host four safety forums this week in response to last week's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, where 20 students and six adults were killed during a shooting rampage.

    The forums will provide an opportunity for parents and residents to ask questions and learn more about what the district does to ensure student safety.

  • Arvin Center offers career opportunities

    The Arvin Center provides a number of career-based courses for students at each district high school.

    Students continue taking general education courses at their home school while attending classes at the Arvin Center, located on the Oldham County High School campus in Buckner.