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Education

  • Educators see suspensions drop after altering treatment options for drug, alcohol offenders

    After a major spike in drug-and alcohol-related suspensions three years ago, Oldham County school officials developed a plan to reduce those numbers — and it’s working.

    Projections for this school year estimate the number of student suspensions will be half what they were in the 2008-09 school year, the year before the plan’s implementation. This school year there have been 23 suspensions, compared to 53 at the same time last year.

  • Upchurch announces retirement

    After 28 years in the Oldham County school district, Superintendent Paul Upchurch has announced he will retire in June.

    Upchurch announced his decision Monday during the board of education meeting.

    Upchurch became superintendent in 2005 after seven years leading the Elizabethtown Independent School District. Prior to Elizabethtown, Uphurch was both a teacher and principal for Oldham County Schools.

    One major factor in the timing of his retirement are the changes coming with Kentucky Senate Bill 1, Upchurch said. 

  • 13 Oldham teachers added to National Board Certified ranks

    Thirteen Oldham County teachers are now part of the National Board Certification ranks, a certification process synonymous with great teaching.

    While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices.

  • Oldham elementary schools honored for lunch programs

    School lunches aren’t just chicken nuggets and pizza any more — and Oldham elementary schools have the award to prove it.

    All 10 elementary schools achieved the bronze level award through the HealthierUS School Challenge, a voluntary national certification.

  • Superintendent boots Urban from school district committee

    An outspoken member of the school district’s Local Planning Committee will not be invited back next year.

    Jim Urban, director of Planning and Development, received an email from Superintendent Paul Upchurch that the district appreciates his time on the committee and his service is now complete. 

  • Reading plan targets first-graders

    Changing the lives of students struggling to read is the focus of a new program at Oldham County schools.

    The district added the Reading Recovery partnership this fall, a short-term intervention program for first-grade students struggling to read. The program is used in more than 80 Kentucky school districts.

    The program pairs students one-on-one with a Reading Recovery teacher for 30 minutes a day for 12 weeks. 

  • Era readers support Blessings in a Backpack

    Tony Cotten, publisher of The Oldham Era, recently presented a $670 donation from the newspaper and its subscribers to Blessings in a Backpack CFO Kevin Beam.

    The Oldham Era hosted a subscription drive this fall with the promise that $10 from every full-price subscription would benefit Blessings in a Backpack, an organization designed to ensure students don't go hungry on weekends.

  • La Grange parent named to school board

    A new member joined the Oldham County Board of Education at Monday night’s meeting.

    Anne Coorssen, the district’s general counsel, swore in Jennifer Beckner to finish the division five term vacated by former board member Jennifer Jones in September. 

    Beckner, a former PTA president at La Grange Elementary, has a bachelor’s degree in counseling and rehabilitation and has worked for an adoption agency, youth homeless shelter and day care.

  • Catholic high school placement test is Dec. 10

    Students in eighth grade who wish to attend a Catholic high school next year are required to take the Catholic high school placement test scheduled 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. 

    Students take the test at the high school they plan to attend. They must bring a $10 fee and two No. 2 pencils. 

    The placement test helps Catholic secondary schools determine the most appropriate course work and academic path for meeting the needs of each student.

  • Fraudulent enrollment charges continue

    The latest charge in a string of Oldham County cases against falsified school enrollment was filed Friday.

    James Elliot, who lives near Ky. 146 and Factory Lane, is charged with falsely enrolling his child in South Oldham High School.

    Dan Orman, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, said his office tried repeatedly to reach Elliot and even sent home a letter with the child.

    In fact, it was the student who provided the correct address to school administrators.