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Education

  • Parents need to watch signs displayed by kids

     Parents: PAY ATTENTION! 

    A recent article in the New York Times noted recent statistics showing that children aged 10 to 14 (roughly the ages of our middle school students) are as likely to die from suicide as from traffic accidents. 

    There is no acceptable rate of death for children, but the article points out that death among that age group is pretty rare for all causes.  

    Even so, traffic accidents used to account for four times more deaths than suicide back in 1999.  Now, it is almost the same. 

  • Salute to the veterans at Cedar Grove and Lebanon Junction Elementary

     CEDAR GROVE - No one can tell history better than someone who actually lived it.

    Veterans from throughout Bullitt County converged at Lebanon Junction and Cedar Grove Elementary to share their stories and recollections from their days serving with the United States Armed Forces.

    Fifth graders at each school gathered around the luminaries as they shared experiences ranging from the recent Gulf War back to World War II.

  • Honoring Our Veterans

     North Bullitt’s JROTC program has one of the longest-standing ceremonies to honor the veterans.

    On Friday, North Bullitt graduate SMSgt John Wardrip was invited to return and speak to the students.

    He also had the honor of watching his son, Chase, carry the American flag in the school’s color guard.

    Schools throughout the county held similar ceremonies. Look in The Pioneer News and the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net for more photos from various ceremonies.

     

  • Thompson elected to serve on Bullitt school

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The newly-elected member of the Bullitt County Public School Board has plenty of knowledge.

    Having had three children go through the system and having spent a lot of volunteer hours, Diane Thompson is eager to serve.

    Thompson defeated Katherine Dozier to secure the Second District school board seat currently held by Roger Hayes.

    Hayes withdrew from the race but that occurred too late to have his name removed from the ballot.

    Thompson led the way with 2,258 votes.

  • Eastside Middle student has ‘hit list’

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- A student at Eastside Middle was discovered to have a “hit list.”

    According to Keith Davis, superintendent of the Bullitt County Public School System, there was a list discovered, as well as a “love list” last week by school officials.

    The matter was turned over to the Mount Washington Police Department for investigation.

    Davis said he viewed the list and that it had to be taken very seriously.

  • HVAC program up, running once again to train students

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Matthew Hallinan could only imagine where he’d be in life if the Bullitt County Area Technology Center had a heating and air conditioning lab when he was in school.

    Hallinan graduated from Bullitt East High in 1999 and bounced around in several manufacturing jobs before he got into the HVAC program at Sullivan University 10 years later.

    Today, Hallinan has a career with Harshaw Trane.

  • Accountability is tough subject to fully understand

        The dictionary definition of accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.
        While this definition certainly applies (or should apply) in our politics, our families, or our churches, the word is used differently when it comes to what is known as school accountability.
        In education, school accountability revolves almost exclusively around student testing and is really a synonym of the word “rating.”

  • Refinancing might save $2 million

        SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Thanks to the bond market, Bullitt County Public Schools could have a few extra dollars to spend over the next few years.
        Over the course of the next few years, the refinancing of bonds originally taken in 2008 for the construction of two elementary schools may yield the district nearly $2 million.
        Both the school board and the school’s finance corporation approved resolutions allowing for representatives of Hilliard Lyons to pursue the refinancing of bonds.

  • NO PD work on election day in Kentucky

        SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Teachers needing to get those professional development hours completed won’t have to worry about doing it during Thanksgiving break.
        The Bullitt County Public School Board voted unanimously to remove Nov.23 as a possible professional development day and move it to the end of the year, which would now be May 30.
        Board chairperson Debby Atherton said she wasn’t comfortable with making a PD day during the holiday break.

  • Community has until Nov. 7 to give opinions on 2017-18 calendar

        It’s that time of year to start thinking about the 2017-18 Bullitt County Public School calendar.
        The community has until 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, to respond to the online survey.
        The results, which will be on the district’s website by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, will be used by the calendar committee to make a recommendation to the Bullitt County Public School Board.