Saturday, May 09, 2009

School News from Around Kentucky

Fayette schools expect $8.5 million in federal stimulus money: The Fayette County public schools will be getting more than $8.5 million over the next several weeks in the district's initial share of funding from the federal economic stimulus act. (H-L)

33 in state get Merit Scholarships: Thirty-three graduating high school seniors from Kentucky are among 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships announced this week. They will receive one-time grants of $2,500, underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and corporate and business sponsors. (C-J)

EKU Pre-service teachers get extra preparation using hands-on activities to teach math: Eastern Kentucky University students preparing for a teaching career are receiving extra preparation so they can effectively teach mathematics concepts using hands-on activities. The teachers-in-training will be making, and learning new strategies on how to use, math manipulatives such as bead boards, arrow cards, hundred boars, mineral tracks, dot cards, various card games, tangrams, number patterns, counting strategies and other numeracy teaching strategies. (EKU)

Pink slips flood Lincoln County schools: A large number of Lincoln County School District employees received a letter Monday that began “Unfortunately, this is written to notify you that your employment contract will not be renewed for the 2009-2010 school year.” Superintendent Larry Woods said yesterday that letters like this are very common at the end of a school year, but “the magnitude of the number of letters” is what created a stir. All non-tenured certified employees and all classified employees with less than four years in their current position were pink slipped. (Interior Journal)

New Clark County High School costs expected to be lower: The good news is the new George Rogers Clark High School may come in well under original estimates. A year ago, building the entire 1,900-student high school was estimated at $40,688,320, based on construction costs of $200 per square foot. Using conservative estimates of present costs at $175 per square foot, the costs would drop to $35,602,350, he said. “All of a sudden, it’s like someone gave you $5 million,” Ross Tarrant principal architect Ron Murrell said. (Winchester Sun)

Driver who left child on bus suspended for five days: A Corbin bus driver who left a primary school student alone on a bus was suspended with pay and received a written reprimand for his actions, according to school district files. A second driver told the Times-Tribune he slapped a student across the cheek two weeks ago, but said it was a “reflex reaction” when the boy poked him in the face. The boy's step-father said “...We are definitely proceeding with court, no matter if he’s fired or not..." (Times Tribune)

Daeschner applies for Greater Clark post: Stephen Daeschner, 67, former superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, has applied for the job, officials in his current school district in Illinois confirmed. (C-J)

AG seeks ouster of board member in Floyd County: Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway filed suit Monday to remove a Floyd County Board of Education member from office.The suit, filed in Floyd Circuit Court by Assistant Attorney General Stuart W. Cobb, claims Douglas A. Hopkins of Wayland is illegally serving on the school board because he has relatives working for the school district. (Big Sandy News)

Former board member faces election charges: Former Clark County school board member Minnie Spangler and a George Rogers Clark High School teacher are facing criminal charges for allegedly violating campaign election laws. Both Spangler and GRC art teacher Julie Baumgardner were charged in April with prohibited political activities following an investigation by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. The charge is a misdemeanor offense. (Winchester Sun)

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