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Education

  • ExCellent teacher

    Goshen Elementary students welcomed visitors to their school May 9 to honor a fifth-grade teacher as one of this year’s ExCel award winners.

    Ruthie Parrott is one of 13 teachers to receive the award, given by WHAS-11 television and Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities. 

    Parrott, a graduate of South Oldham High School, began teaching at Goshen in 2005.

  • Teacher admits to having sex with students

    A former high school teacher and La Grange resident arrested last summer for sexual abuse involving students is unlikely to serve jail time. 

    Shannon Hirchert, a special needs teacher at Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010-11, pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter.

    Hirchert, 43, reached a plea agreement with Shelby County prosecutors. 

  • Wells named new superintendent

    With many of his family members and colleagues in the audience, William Wells received the nod for Oldham County Schools superintendent at the school board’s meeting Monday.

    Wells, 45, is currently the assistant superintendent for instruction for Oldham County Schools.

    He will replace Paul Upchurch, who will retire in late June after serving seven years as superintendent and 28 years in the Oldham County school district.

  • Sobering reality: Simulation at North Oldham High School teaches teens the dangers of drunk driving

    A North Oldham High School student is taking steps to keep her fellow students safe.

    Senior Haley Howard is organizing Project Horsepower to raise student awareness about safe driving.

    Howard said the death of a former NOHS student in July motivated her to develop the project.

    John Powell died in a car crash on U.S. 42, just weeks after graduation. Two other students were severely injured in the crash.

  • Students lead project to provide books to low-income families

    A group of Oldham County students gave younger students a special treat just in time for Easter weekend.

    Members of the Oldham County Leadership Academy delivered books to more than 350 younger students as part of their capstone service project, “Reading is Magic.”

    The OCLA is made up of 24 juniors, eight each from Oldham County, South Oldham and North Oldham high schools, and meets seven times throughout the school year to develop leadership skills.

  • Student shows food smarts in essay contest

    More than 400 elementary students submitted essays for a contest honoring school nutrition month.

    The “Get Your Plate In Shape” essay challenged students to write how they stay healthy and active with family in friends — in 100 words or less.

    Avery Dobson, a Locust Grove fourth grader, won the contest.

  • School system to host superintendent forum

    The three finalists for the Oldham County Schools superintendent’s position will participate in a public forum tonight (Thursday).

    The finalists include Houston Barber, principal of Fern Creek High Traditional High School; Lisa Stone, director of school improvement for Montgomery County Schools; and William Wells, assistant superintendent of instruction for Oldham County Schools.

  • Billingual Oldham students serve as peer tutors

    For students still learning English, homework can be a daunting task. But a group of Oldham County High School students are helping younger students get ahead.

    The Sonadores Club — roughly translated as “The Dreamers” — formed at OCHS three years ago.

    The club has about 25 members and many provide tutoring and homework assistance twice a week at the La Grange Community Center. 

  • St. Francis students will track teacher in Boston Marathon

    A St. Francis Goshen class is learning about history, geography and sports all at once as a second-grade teacher prepares to run the Boston Marathon.

    Madelyn Blue will be competing in the prestigious race for the third time when the gun goes off at 10 a.m. today (Monday).

    Athletes must run qualifying times to enter the Boston Marathon or fundraise for a charity position.

    Blue is integrating the event into her classroom at St. Francis, including teaching about the course’s many famous landmarks.

  • High school graduations set Memorial Day weekend

    Graduation dates are set for Oldham County high schools after Monday’s school board meeting.

    Buckner Alternative High School students will graduate at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25.

    The other three schools will graduate the following day at Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.