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Education

  • Laptop Initiative passes 4-1

    The LaRue County School Board voted Monday to place laptop computers in the hands of each LaRue County High School student.

    The Laptop Initiative failed to pass in March after Superintendent Sam Sanders requested a unanimous vote “to bring the board together.” Four board members voted in favor with Norbert Skees casting a “no” vote.

    At the March meeting, Skees read a statement giving reasons for his vote against the initiative. They included budget and technology concerns, liability issues and a possible tie to childhood obesity.

  • Bright named LCMS principal

    Bob Bright, principal at Bernheim Middle School in Shepherdsville for the past three years, will be the new principal at LaRue County Middle School.

    Bright was one of 27 candidates reviewed by the LaRue County Middle School site-based decision-making council and Superintendent Sam Sanders.

    Sanders said the applicant pool was the best he could recall during his eight-year tenure as superintendent.

  • LaRue can learn ins and outs of laptop initiative from other districts

    With the LaRue County Board of Education having passed the laptop initiative this month, those implementing the program can look at districts that already use laptops to learn from their successes and shortcomings.

    McCracken County Schools in western Kentucky implemented the laptop initiative last year at three high schools. Superintendent Tim Heller said the program exceeded expectations.

  • Activities available for students during summer months

    LaRue County’s middle and high schools have a variety of summer activities available for their respective students, according to Marsha Duncan, Youth Service Coordinator whose office sponsors the camps.

    “We’ve got everything from a photography camp to making jewelry,” said Duncan.  “Not only will they learn, but they’ll find that doing these things is fun.”

    Photography

  • Personnel changes abound for new school year

    The LaRue County School Board accepted the following personnel recommendations at Monday’s meeting:

    Accepted recommendation for employment of:

    • Pam Dosier as food service assistant at LaRue County Middle School.

    • Deana Paden as science teacher at LaRue County Middle School.

    • Bonnie Brown, Tabitha Ward, Ann Cissell, Yvonne Fay and Jennifer Adams as Cool School assistants for the Family Resource Center

    • Becky Hawkins and Cara Holt as Cool School Instructors.

    • Pamela L. Walters as science teacher at LCMS.

  • School calendar

    ALL SCHOOLS

    Aug. 5 – First day of school

    ALES

    SBDM Council

    The ALES SBDM Council will meet 5:15 p.m. July 6.

    LCMS

    SBDM Council

    All meetings dealing with hiring of a new LCMS principal will be held at the middle school in either the library or the computer lab.

    • June 23 and June 28, time TBA – conducting applicant interviews

    • June 30, time TBA – making a decision about the hiring of the principal

    Registration

  • Slack chosen to participate in Leadership Summit

    LaRue County High School student John Slack is traveling to expand his leadership abilities as part of a prestigious global program.

    Slack was nominated to participate in the People to People Leadership Summit based on his academic achievements, community involvement and leadership skills. He’ll travel to Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to take part in the program.

  • 1,400 Kentucky students honored at Western's Duke Talent ceremony

    The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University hosted the Kentucky award ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program on May 28. Kentucky Commissioner Terry Holliday presented the keynote address.

    More than 1,400 Kentucky students were honored at the event at WKU’s Diddle Arena.

    LaRue County students include Leslie A. Pike, Kylie A. Rogers, Mackenzie E. Bradley, Madison P. Lee and Jonathan M. Lawler, all of Hodgenville; and Brian Anderson of Buffalo.

  • Marti invited to join honor society

    Christina Marti has become a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor society at Georgetown College. She was invited to join as a result of her last term’s academic success. Members must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the first term or year of college, an accomplishment that only 20 percent of college freshman reach.

    She is the daughter of Sherri Hall and Jose Marti of Louisville.

  • Gatton Academy recognizes seniors

    Celebration of Commencement Weekend at Western Kentucky University included The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky honored its third graduating class of high school seniors.

    Fifty-one students representing 37 counties from across the Commonwealth, including Gretchen Fraze of LaRue County High School, were recognized during the ceremony at the newly renovated Van Meter Auditorium.