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Education

  • Students celebrate drug-free living

    The students at East Oldham Middle School are celebrating Red Ribbon Week with an exciting presentation by "The Seven Project." Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year.

  • Two fraudulent enrollment cases heard in court

    Two parents charged with falsifying student enrollment appeared before a judge Wednesday afternoon.

    Charles Lauron, 51, waived his right to a pre-trial hearing and Judge Diana Wheeler ruled to pass his case on to a grand jury on Dec. 1.

    Lauron is charged with owing the school district just over $26,000 after enrolling his son in Oldham County schools for eight years despite living in Lyndon.

  • Grand jury to hear Claggett case

    "This is a very unusual and bizzare case," said Judge Janice Martin Wednesday, after spending the better part of two hours trying to unravel the time line of Donna Claggett's life.

    Claggett, of Goshen, was charged in August with theft by deception by the Oldham County School system.

    She is accused of owing the county $24,000, because someone else enrolled their child at Liberty Elementary in 2004 and used her address.

  • 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.