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Education

  • Three more parents charged with false school enrollment

    Charges against three additional parents were filed in Oldham County District Court Tuesdays as the county's fraudulent enrollment cases pile up. Investigations for the 2011-12 school year currently number 43 families with 63 children. As of Wednesday evening warrants had not been served to the three defendants.

  • Heated school district meeting delays state funding for Brownsboro school

    Planning and Development Director Jim Urban became the voice of Oldham County on Thursday.

    Well, at least to those residents who complain the school board doesn’t listen, moves forward on projects regardless of the community’s feelings and generally does what it wants.

    Urban is a member of the Local Planning Committee for the school district. The committee met Thursday to vote on changing the priority level of the Brownsboro school, which would allow the district to use nearly $2 million in state funds for the project.

  • 43 families investigated by Oldham County school district

    The crackdown on fraudulent enrollment continues in Oldham County this week, as the school district plans to file at least three more complaints with district court on Wednesday.

    More cases may be filed this week if school officials are ready, according to Dan Orman, assistant superintendent of student services. As of Monday, two Jefferson County families and one from Henry County will be charged later this week.

    "Superintendent Paul Upchurch and the Board of Education are supportive and want us to investigate every case," Orman said. 

  • Brownsboro Elementary priority change draws fire

    An upcoming Oldham County Board of Education meeting has drawn protests from residents, but Superintendent Paul Upchurch said they are unfounded.

    The Local Planning Committee meeting, scheduled for Oct. 13, has one item on its agenda: raising the priority of the planned Brownsboro elementary school.

    Upchurch said the change will make available approximately $1.9 million in state funding previously restricted because of the prioritization. That state funding will keep the school system from using taxpayer money for a bond issue, he said.

  • Students named national semifinalists

    The annual National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Scholarship programs announced semifinalists in recent weeks.

    Semifinalists for both programs are chosen based on Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying scores, and represent less than one percent of the top U.S. high school seniors. 

    The achievement scholarship recognizes African-American students, while the merit scholarship is open to all students.

  • Education Briefs: Sept. 29, 2011

    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.

  • Oldham students highly ranked

    Despite Tuesday’s release of No Child Left Behind interim report scores, Oldham County students continue to outperform state and national averages in a number of other areas.

  • Access and assistance

    Tucked in the Oldham County Schools Arts Center is a valuable resource for county residents: the Adult Education Center.

    The center served over 500 people last year through its adult and community education programs, and director Suzette Ertel hopes those numbers continue to grow.

  • Parent forums planned Sept. 19-22 to discuss new curriculum standards

    Officials from Oldham County Schools will host parent forums later this month to discuss educational changes that come with Kentucky’s Senate Bill 1.
    The forums will cover what parents need to know regarding new language arts and math curriculum standards and the state assessment system.
    Forums are scheduled:

  • Title IX review continues

    Two Oldham County high schools have three months to make a plan addressing Title IX.
     On July 27, the Oldham County Public School System was sent a monitoring letter from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights in response to reports submitted by the school district and General Counsel Anne Coorssen.