• 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.

  • 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.