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Columns

  • EDITORIAL: The era of an unprecedented election

    This week, thousands of parents, teachers, volunteers and staff members who contribute to the success of students in the Oldham County district received a 1,000-word tirade from Superintendent Will Wells.

    His message? He combined criticism of the local newspaper for publishing differing opinions with yet another pat-on-the-back for the Oldham County Board of Education’s five elected officials.

  • SUPERINTENDENT: Celebrating ACT, AP test success

     

    We, as a school district, are committed to each student’s success. 

    One of the key ways we measure our success is by how well our students perform on national assessments compared to similar students from other states. 

  • SUPERINTENDENT: District is focused on success

    The state legislature is raising the bar for our students and we, as Oldham County Schools, support this effort. 

    When the state enacted Senate Bill 1 in 2009 it called for the immediate adoption of new academic standards that are more challenging and focused on readying students for college and 21st century career skills. 

  • SUPERINTENDENT: Oldham students, teachers excel

    Navigating information put out about schools is not easy. In these days of high-stakes accountability, there are many indicators of quality and effectiveness that may be considered. 

    We are, and always have been, a district that celebrates our successes. We are also a district that is focused on managing by facts. 

  • PUBLISHER: Community is more than a word

    Community is a word too often thrown around without much thought to its meaning in regard to the human element it connects.
    NBC television launched a sitcom called “Community” to parody the humor of small town America and the typecast personalities often found among elected officials, neighbors and local businesses.
    It seems to me that the rest of the fast-moving “big world” defines community as a thing of lore or of some black and white rerun of a fictional Mayberry.

  • SUPERINTENDENT: 2012-13 school year off to a great start

    The 2012-13 school year is off to a great start. We are into our first full month of school and we are pleased with the smooth beginning to what promises to be a successful and exciting school year. 

    The professionals at every level of our organization are to be commended for the hard work and attention to detail that resulted in a tremendously smooth opening of school this year. 

  • PUBLISHER: You don’t have to go it alone

    The human eye tells more than it actually records. It was the look in my new family doctor’s eyes that telegraphed the seriousness of what he had just shown me. 

    On a desk below, a computer screen showed a CT scan. The white image in my body was not supposed to be there. 

    My soul sunk into fear and a mental gasp of “Oh my God, no.” 

  • GINGER: Stupid or just being funny?

    Hubby arrived home on Friday evening from a three week business trip to Tokyo. 

    I was unable to join him, but we did give the option to our three teenage children. 

    They all chose to forego the trip, citing fear of radioactive fallout as their number one concern. 

  • BOB MUELLER: Here's the way life works

    To draw a picture of the average life is not difficult. 

    We begin early in life looking forward to what we want to do, what we want to accomplish and what we want to possess. 

  • GINGER: Chocolate makes the road less rocky

    I am filled to the brim with Mackinac Island fudge, and yet I am still going to eat one more sliver. Then another. Then another.