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Education

  • Maryville, Eastside earn Energy Star status

     Maryville Elementary and Eastside Middle Schools have been awarded the 2015 Energy Star Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Buildings that earn the EPA’s Energy Star use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.

    Maryville Principal Ruth Esterle congratulated her students and staff by referencing the school mascot.

  • Frank R. Hatfield: Former superintendent remembered as true educational leader statewide

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- He never applied for the position of school superintendent in 1966.

    But Frank R. Hatfield went on to not only be superintendent of the Bullitt County Public School District but to also be one of the most influential educators in the state of Kentucky.

    Hatfield died on Sunday.

    A man who never sought publicity made Bullitt County his home and he would continue to be an active member in organizations like the Shepherdsville Lions Club and the American Cancer Society until his death.

  • Students have the freedom to choose

     Martin Luther King, Jr. said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.”

    Reverend King preached these words in 1967, and they became a famous quotation of what is truly an extraordinary sermon titled “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” the text of which you can find on the internet.

    This quote and the sentences around it tells us to be the best we can be, whatever it is that we are. 

  • KHEAA’s Gortney to work with North Bullitt college coach this year

    FRANKFORT -- Summer Gortney has been named the advisor to the Kentucky College Coaches Program by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). 

    She will work with the college coach at North Bullitt High School.

    “The Kentucky College Coaches program has helped thousands of students prepare for and enter college,” Gortney said.

    “I look forward to working with the college coaches, the Kentucky Campus Compact and other program partners who have made it a highly regarded and credible program across the state.”

  • Saluting Our Veterans - Overdale Elementary

     HILLVIEW - Bullitt County Public Schools have made great efforts in recent years to educate students and honor military veterans, especially on Veterans Day.

    Overdale Elementary is among the first of the schools to present an annual Veterans Day program, inviting all veterans and families to attend the celebration.

    Students presented the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance as well as other military-related songs. Some students read thank you letters to the veterans.

  • Williams part of summer STEM program at Emory

     Sarah Williams was both excited and nervous when she found out she had been nominated and accepted into the National Youth Leadership Forum program over the summer.

    A seventh grader at Little Flock Christian Academy, Sarah attended a four-day STEM program at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., this past June.

    Science has always been a favorite of Sarah’s subject in school so this opportunity seemed hard to pass up.

    Only 320 students were accepted into the STEM program at Emory.

  • CTP classes filled for first month; more invited for next training as manufacturing jobs waiting

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- There are still opportunities for local residents to go back and receive some free training which could lead to high-paying manufacturing job.

    The Certified Production Technician (CTP) program is a four-week process that is currently being offered through several agencies, including the Bullitt County campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College.

    Donna Miller, director of the local campus, said that the sessions would continue in December and into 2016.

  • Local students part of award-winning BEHS robotics team

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- With the search for engineers to fill jobs at an all-time high, a local high school club is doing what they can to expose the area to the world of robots. 

    Bullitt East students Kyle Echsner, Andy Lutz, Rucker Gardiner and Judd Huff are part of the 46-member award-winning robotics team, led by Echsner’s dad David.

  • NOISES OFF at Bullitt Central

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt Central High School Drama Club turned up the volume in their production, with assistance from the Bullitt County Area Technology Center.

    “Noises Off” is a play written by Michael Frayn, presented over three night at the Bullitt Central auditorium.

    The story is a play-within-a-play experience, showing the cast of a fictional play performing the production during dress rehearsal, a sort of behind-the-scenes look into a play.

  • Jury dismisses charges faced by teacher for dragging kid

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A Bullitt District Court jury took just over 17 minutes to determine that a school teacher did nothing criminal in her handling of a student last October.

    The six-member jury panel found Ashley Silas not guilty of assault and harassment on Wednesday.

    On Oct. 29, 2014, Silas, a first-grade teacher at Brooks Elementary, drug a boy in her class 158 feet down a hallway to the principal’s office.

    The school security video would later be released and became part of social media.