• Schools brace for cuts to SEEK funding

    School districts will experience a midyear cut to their Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, funding beginning next year.

    LaRue County Schools will lose $37,715, according to superintendent Sam Sanders. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the district will still receive $10,972,270. Sanders went on to say, though, that the district could come close to hiring an additional instructor for that amount of money.

  • PHOTO: Piggy Bank Contest Winners
  • LCMS kitchen floor to be replaced

    The kitchen at LaRue County Middle School will be getting a facelift.

    LaRue County Board of Education voted Dec. 15 to repair the floor which is original to the early 1960s-era building.

    Superintendent Sam Sanders said the existing quarry tile will be removed.

    “Over the years changes to equipment have taken place and the floor has been removed and patched,” he said. “Drains and electrical work have been moved, so the new epoxy floor will be much more aesthetically pleasing.”

  • ALES principal shares report on proficiency

    The LaRue County School Board heard a report on Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s proficiency at their Dec. 15 meeting. Principal Karen Downs had an accompanying Power Point presentation with statistics and other information.

  • LCHS Speech has an impressive first semester

    The LaRue County High School Speech Team traveled to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on Dec. 5-7 for the Patriot Games Speech Invitational.

    Twelve students competed in several different events at the tournament that hosted 128 schools from 32 states. Each event had more than 160 students participating, and LCHS students made yet another impressive showing.

  • Bixenman and Warren named to Kentucky All-State Band

    Two members of the Band of Hawks competed and earned a spot in the 2015 Kentucky All-State Band.

    Alexandra Bixenman (clarinet) and Matthew Warren (snare) were selected among thousands of students from across the Commonwealth.

    “To make the All-State Band is what I consider the crowning achievement of a high school instrumentalist,” stated Jaime Smith, band director. “There is no higher honor available to a high school musician.”

  • School board to implement new effectiveness system to evaluate superintendent

    LaRue County Board of Education voted at its meeting on Dec. 15 to implement a new superintendent personal growth and effectiveness system (PGES), used to evaluate superintendents.

    The system was developed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to evaluate Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday. Holliday wrote in Kentucky Teacher that the state “has strongly recommended” that school boards around the state adopt the model of evaluation over the last few years.

  • Board adopts district improvement plan

    LaRue County Board of Education voted on Dec. 15 to adopt a new comprehensive district improvement plan. The plan, compiled and submitted by Assistant Superintendent Amanda Reed, is designed to serve as a system of checks and balances for the district in the coming year.

    The plan consists of five state-mandated goals, based around improving the district’s academic standing. The district could add to the goals, if they wanted, but they can’t take away from the ones provided.

  • Helping your child with today’s math

    Math looks different these days. When you visit your child’s math class, it may look different from what you remember. For example, 2 apples + 2 apples still equals 4 apples, and learning your multiplication tables is still important. But, now you are likely to see your child solving real problems. Second graders might figure out how many apples they need for a classroom party; determine the cost to buy those apples; and compare how much money they need to have in the class kitty.

  • School Calendar


    School out

    Winter break ends Jan. 2. Spring break is April 6-10.



    The Abraham Lincoln Elementary School site-based decision-making council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. For more information, call the school at 270-358-4112.



    The Hodgenville Elementary School site-based decision-making council meets regularly at the school. For more information, call the school at 270-358-3506.


    New Talk of the Hawk