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Education

  • School Board approves tax increase, funding to go to teacher raises

    Local property owners will see their tax bills go up again this year after the Oldham County Board of Education approved a 3.1-cent increase at a special meeting.

    The board approved the measure 4-1, with board member Walt Schumm as the lone dissenting vote, after two hours of public comment on the topic.

  • Learning academy workshops to begin at La Grange Elementary

    La Grange Elementary in La Grange is one of 14 schools statewide launching new early childhood learning programs this fall with funding from Toyota manufacturing operations in Kentucky. Called United Way Born Learning® Academies, driven by Toyota. The program takes aim at the fact that half of Kentucky’s children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to research by the Kentucky Board of Education.

    Along with the 14 new schools, Toyota will continue to fund 20 veteran academies at schools across the state through a five-year, $1 million investment.

  • South Oldham Middle teacher wins national award

    Oldham County Schools is excited to announce that Mr. Ron Adkisson, eighth grade social studies teacher at South Oldham Middle School, has been chosen as a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Master Teacher Fellow. This is a national award and recognition. Mr. Adkisson is one of only seven Fellows chosen this year.

  • School board considers tax increase

     

    Oldham County homeowners could see another increase in their property taxes if a recommendation by Oldham County Schools is approved by the Board of Education at a special meeting Sept. 11.

    OCS Superintendent Will Wells plans to recommend a “four percent” increase, referred by that number because it represents the amount of increased revenue that would be raised by the school district. It is the highest amount the board can approve without the tax being subjected to a recall, OCS spokeswoman Tracy Harris said.

  • Butterflies and Backpacks

    It’s a few days before the first day of school and Craig Wallace isn’t sleeping well.

    The fact is Wallace usually doesn’t sleep well this time of year. He didn’t as a teacher or an as associate principal. It’s just too exciting to sleep. To Wallace, the first day of school is unrivaled, like a trip to Disney World or the night before a big holiday.

    “It’s like going to bed on Christmas Eve,” he said of his feelings the night before the first day.

  • County ACT scores stay steady, AP scores improve

    Students in Oldham County Schools continue to outpace state and national averages for achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to 2014 results presented to the board of education on Aug. 25.

    “It’s great to see gains,” Brent Deaves, Interim Secondary Level Director, told the board. Deaves showed data that the district not only had more students take exams and had more exams given, but more students also received scores high enough to earn college credit.

  • Multiple students receive Green award for college

    Seventy-five students from Oldham County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

  • Rolling out the red carpet

     

    A pounding heart and sweaty palms are usually expected with the first day of school experience, but not for East Oldham Middle School students as they skipped down a red carpet from buses into the front door.

    Uplifting Disney song “Be Our Guest” blared through speakers while teachers and administrators cheered eagerly as the students headed into the building on the steamy Wednesday morning.

    “We just want to make a great first impression,” Principal Jim Ross said.

  • Early childhood music program

    The Oldham County Schools Arts Center is excited to introduce their new Early Childhood Music Program for children ages 0-5. There will be two parent-child classes offered on Wednesday and Saturday mornings: Music for Babies and Toddlers (ages 0-2) and Music for Preschoolers (ages 3-5).

  • College and career night at South

    On Thursday, Aug. 28 high school students and their families in Oldham County are encouraged to attend the first in a series of College and Career Night Programs, “How to Select a College and Get Useful Information at the Regional College Fair.”

    The program will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Oldham High School cafeteria.