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Education

  • 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.

  • OC Schools to honor school lunch 'superheroes'

    Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Oldham County nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

    To celebrate their hard work and commitment, the School Nutrition Association organizes School Nutrition Employee Week, this year May 6-10.

    To kick off the celebration, SNA has partnered with Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series and Random House Children’s Books, to create School Lunch Superhero Day. 

  • OC Schools raises tuition 70% for non-residents

    Tuition for Oldham County students who live outside district boundaries will jump 70 percent for the 2013-14 school year.

    Families who live outside Oldham County are eligible to enroll children in Oldham County Schools, provided that tuition is paid and the selected school has capacity for additional enrollment.

    Some of the district’s non-resident students are children of Oldham County Schools’ employees.

    Members of the Oldham County Board of Education increased the tuition rate by 70 percent for the upcoming school year.

  • School board members back budget cuts

    The Oldham County Board of Education is standing behind the school district in its request to eliminate $3 million and more than 50 jobs from next year’s budget.

    Under the proposed 2013-14 budget, the district would start its fiscal year July 1 with less money and fewer employees.

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

    The district will fund at least 14 fewer teachers in 2013-14.