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Education

  • Oldham elementary schools honored for lunch programs

    School lunches aren’t just chicken nuggets and pizza any more — and Oldham elementary schools have the award to prove it.

    All 10 elementary schools achieved the bronze level award through the HealthierUS School Challenge, a voluntary national certification.

  • Superintendent boots Urban from school district committee

    An outspoken member of the school district’s Local Planning Committee will not be invited back next year.

    Jim Urban, director of Planning and Development, received an email from Superintendent Paul Upchurch that the district appreciates his time on the committee and his service is now complete. 

  • Reading plan targets first-graders

    Changing the lives of students struggling to read is the focus of a new program at Oldham County schools.

    The district added the Reading Recovery partnership this fall, a short-term intervention program for first-grade students struggling to read. The program is used in more than 80 Kentucky school districts.

    The program pairs students one-on-one with a Reading Recovery teacher for 30 minutes a day for 12 weeks. 

  • Era readers support Blessings in a Backpack

    Tony Cotten, publisher of The Oldham Era, recently presented a $670 donation from the newspaper and its subscribers to Blessings in a Backpack CFO Kevin Beam.

    The Oldham Era hosted a subscription drive this fall with the promise that $10 from every full-price subscription would benefit Blessings in a Backpack, an organization designed to ensure students don't go hungry on weekends.

  • La Grange parent named to school board

    A new member joined the Oldham County Board of Education at Monday night’s meeting.

    Anne Coorssen, the district’s general counsel, swore in Jennifer Beckner to finish the division five term vacated by former board member Jennifer Jones in September. 

    Beckner, a former PTA president at La Grange Elementary, has a bachelor’s degree in counseling and rehabilitation and has worked for an adoption agency, youth homeless shelter and day care.

  • Catholic high school placement test is Dec. 10

    Students in eighth grade who wish to attend a Catholic high school next year are required to take the Catholic high school placement test scheduled 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. 

    Students take the test at the high school they plan to attend. They must bring a $10 fee and two No. 2 pencils. 

    The placement test helps Catholic secondary schools determine the most appropriate course work and academic path for meeting the needs of each student.

  • Fraudulent enrollment charges continue

    The latest charge in a string of Oldham County cases against falsified school enrollment was filed Friday.

    James Elliot, who lives near Ky. 146 and Factory Lane, is charged with falsely enrolling his child in South Oldham High School.

    Dan Orman, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, said his office tried repeatedly to reach Elliot and even sent home a letter with the child.

    In fact, it was the student who provided the correct address to school administrators.

  • School raises $15,000 during annual auction

    St. Francis Preschool in Harrods Creek recently hosted the school's annual auction, The Palooza, at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church.

    The event raised about $15,000 to benefit the school with dinner, a silent and a live auction.

  • Reading pays off

     It was Linnea Wieck’s lucky day. On Tuesday, she was presented with a $1,000 check. 

    Then again, 4-year-olds don’t think about money very often, which is OK since the money is in a college savings account she can use in 14 years.

  • Black and white and scanned all over

    Little black barcodes dot the Goshen Elementary library, where they’re taped to shelves, doors, desks and even book spines. 

    To the naked eye they just look like, well, barcodes. But scanned with a smart phone, the barcodes bring up text, videos and other information.

    They’re quick response codes — barcodes that can hold data for 4,300 alpha-numeric characters in one small square.