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Education

  • Teachers receive half-percent raise from county

    School district officials announced last week that — despite their preliminary budget — teachers will be getting a raise in the fall.

    Superintendent Will Wells, who began his new position July 1, listed teacher compensation as a top priority during the superintendent hiring process.

    Now, district officials have decided to dip into a contingency fund to offer an additional .5 percent raise.

  • New summer program targets high-achievers

    School district officials hope to continue raising the educational bar in Oldham County through a selective summer program.

    The Oldham County Student Scholars program launched this summer under the guidance of Jackie Howell, the district’s secondary gifted and talented educational services coordinator.

  • Under construction: Renovations in full swing at several Oldham schools

    While students and teachers are enjoying summer break, construction crews are battling the heat to finish projects at several Oldham County schools before August.

    At least nine schools are getting renovations this summer, from a complete renovation at Centerfield Elementary to smaller tasks like new bleachers, door hardware and lighting at other schools.

    The renovation at Centerfield Elementary will finalize work that has been done there over the past two summers. 

  • Former teacher will lead Locust Grove Elem.

     The Locust Grove Elementary school site based decision making council has reached a decision regarding the selection of a new principal.

    Council members recommended that William “Andy” Moore serve as principal of Locust Grove Elementary School. 

  • Champion runner visits South Oldham

    It’s not every day a marathon champion shows up at your school. 

    But students at South Oldham Middle had the rare opportunity to meet an elite — and likely London Olympian — runner May 10.

    Wesley Korir, 29, won the Boston Marathon in April, coming from behind late in the race to win by 26 seconds.

    Now, the University of Louisville graduate is back in Kentucky and shared his story with several classes at SOMS, where his former U of L teammate Andrew Hackney is a health teacher.

  • 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.