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Education

  • Dodson named to state school board association

    A member of the Oldham County Board of Education has been appointed to serve as a director-at-large of the Kentucky School Boards Association.

    Larry Dodson, Crestwood, represents the southeastern part of Oldham County on the local board. He will serve a three-year term and was appointed by KSBA President Durward Narramore.

    “I know (Dodson) will hit the ground running as we tackle the issues KSBA is facing due to his past experience on both the local level and KSBA board,” Narramore said.

  • SCHOOL INFORMATION FOR 2013-14

    New starting,
    
dismissal times

    Start and ending times for students are changing this year as a result of streamlining bus routes.

    This results in slightly longer bus rides for some students and the need to have more time between elementary and middle/high school start and ending times.

    However, these cost-saving measures allowed the district to retain more than 10 teachers who otherwise would have lost their jobs and protected important programs that have a clear impact on student learning.

  • Griffin named principal at South Oldham High School

    For four years, Jeff Griffin has helped guide the students and staff of South Oldham High in his role as one of four associate principals.

    His guidance will become even more crucial as he takes over the school’s top job July 1.

    Griffin was named the school’s new principal, Superintendent Will Wells said. He announced his acceptance of the SOHS site-based decision making council’s recommendation to hire Griffin May 24.

  • State GED tests free through July 31

    With a price hike looming, the state is offering its GED test for free for the next 10 weeks.

    Kentucky Adult Education will waive the $60 fee for Kentuckians who take the high school equivalency test before July 31.

    Starting Jan. 1, 2014, test fees will jump to $120.

    The GED will also be retooled to comply with the Kentucky Department of Education’s Common Core Standards.

    The tougher educational guidelines were passed as legislation in 2009 and implemented in the 2011-12 school year.

  • Oldham Co. Schools unveils first-draft attendance boundary proposals

    Parents got a first look at where their children may attend school in Oldham County in two years.

    Oldham County Schools held its second round of redistricting forums last week, unveiling first-draft attendance boundaries for the 2014-15 school year.

    District officials released eight boundary maps at a trio of meetings at the county’s high schools. More than 100 parents attended the forums.

    Four of the proposals involve shuffling elementary school students due to the closing of Liberty Elementary at the end of next school year.

  • School board approves budget for coming year

    The Oldham County Board of Education adopted a tentative budget that eliminates $3 million and more than 50 jobs next year.

    Superintendent Will Wells recommended the reduced budget at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Board members were not unanimous in their decision. District 2 representative Walt Schumm voted against the proposed budget.

    Starting July 1, the school district will have less money and fewer employees.

    Most jobs will come out of classrooms and the transportation department.

  • School board approves reduced 2013-14 budget

    The Oldham County Board of Education adopted a tentative budget that eliminates $3 million and more than 50 jobs next year.

    Superintendent Will Wells recommended the reduced budget at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Board members were not unanimous in their decision. District 2 representative Walt Schumm voted against the proposed budget.

    Starting July 1, the school district will have less money and fewer employees.

    Most jobs will come out of classrooms and the transportation department.

  • Oldham Co. schools to get security upgrades

    Oldham County Schools will spend more than $1.5 million to beef up security at all of its facilities.

    The upgrades were unanimously approved by the Board of Education late last month.

    The bulk of the money will be used to add or enhance security measures at the district’s 18 school buildings.

    Upgrades include interior and exterior video surveillance; electronically secured entrances; access control entry systems; exterior door positioning switches; intercoms for visitor entry; and an emergency dispatch alert system.

  • OC schools, colleges establish dual-credit programs for students

    The average student graduates college with $27,000 in student loans – more than the cost of, say, a brand-new Toyota Prius.

    But Oldham County students can save on those expenses through a number of dual-credit programs offered at the district’s three high schools.

    Oldham County High School is partnering with Jefferson Community and Technical College to allow juniors and seniors to take selected classes beginning in the fall.

  • Second round of school redistricting forums set for next week

    Oldham County parents will have a chance to sound off on the school district’s redistricting plan at three public forums next week.

    The second round of Oldham County Schools’ redistricting forums will be held May 13, 15 and 16.

    In this round, attendees will be asked to give pros and cons on each of several attendance boundary alternatives.

    The draft boundary maps and other information will be posted online this week so those interested can view them in advance.