• Schools focused on continuing positive movement

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Students probably enjoyed the fact that classes in Bullitt County will start a week later than in past years.

    But, the maintenance crew of the school system may have enjoyed the extra few days of summer break even more.

    Ready or not, an estimated 13,000 students will be returning to the classrooms on Wednesday.

    “I think we’re ready,” said superintendent Keith Davis. “But I think that extra week really helped us in building readiness.”


     HEBRON ESTATES - At one summer camp, the students were proud to be known as blockheads.

    Freedom Elementary hosted a summer Lego camp, presented by the school’s Family Resource Center.

    Teacher Kristen Axline led students through creative math, science and language arts projects designed around Lego toys.

    Students created marble mazes and cars with the building blocks, as well as creating a superhero based on Lego designs.

    The camp was available to Freedom students entering grades 3-5.

  • Miracle selected Trimble County superintendent

      HEBRON ESTATES - When Hebron Middle School began lengthy renovation projects, and students had to work around construction crews, many believed the school needed a miracle to get them through it all.

    After five years, they’ve had their miracle. Now they are saying goodbye to it.

    Principal Steve Miracle is leaving prior to the start of the 2015-16 school year, taking a position as superintendent of Trimble County Public Schools.

  • Seven Wonders excel at LEGO competitions

      The Seven Wonders, a robotics team from Bullitt County, participated in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) during the 2014-2015 school year. 

    FLL consists of three components: the robot, the project, and vital core values. 

    Participants, ages nine through 14, solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and make positive contributions to society. Core values are guidelines that help teams develop cooperation skills. If you would like to know more about FIRST Lego League, please visit their website at www.firstlegoleague.org.

  • County working to get ready to be certified

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- About halfway in its pursuit to become a certified Work Ready community, how is Bullitt County doing?

    That was the topic of a recent discussion of the local committee working to meet the thresholds set forth to become one of 18 Work Ready communities in Kentucky.

    Robert Curry, executive director of the state’s Work Ready Communities program, said that the county is moving forward in its pursuit.

    Some areas are ahead of schedule and others need to pick up the pace.

  • Ex-teacher indicted again on sex charges

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Just two weeks after charges were dismissed against a former Bullitt Central High teacher, Crystal D. Chappell is once again facing six felony allegations.

    When Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress dismissed the six charges of third-degree rape on July 14, defense attorneys Karen Faulkner and Julie Kaelin knew that there was a good possibility that the allegations would again be considered by the grand jury panel.

    On Tuesday, the grand jury issued an indictment on six counts of rape.

  • Literacy bus will be on road to help kids, parents with needed resources

     The Shepherdsville Elementary School community will get a good look at a resource bus during an unveiling Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Frank R. Hatfield Administrative Center (BCPS central office).

    The vehicle is loaded with books, literacy kits and equipped with a Wi-Fi “hot spot” for technology. It is part of an assistance plan implemented at Shepherdsville Elementary.

  • Elementary schools ready to get young off to great start

     These days everything seems to start earlier: Christmas decorations up in October, Independence Day fireworks sold before the Kentucky Derby, Easter Candy available by New Year’s Day and Halloween candy available in July.

    School starts earlier, this year beginning in Bullitt County on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

    Here is a glimpse of what to expect when BCPS elementary schools to start the 2015-16 school year:



  • Bernheim students help design logo for Southeast Bullitt VFD

     CLERMONT - People often enjoy the site of a shiny red firetruck, at least when it’s not headed to an emergency.

    The Southeast Bullitt firetrucks are adding a little more color to their vehicles thanks to a local school’s art contest.

    Hannah Arnold and Ashleigh Stopher won a design contest at Bernheim Middle School, with their contest entry selected for placement on the Southeast vehicles.

  • School district implements broad-based learning

     Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.

    Bullitt County Public Schools welcomed the initial PBL institute in 2014 for 35 participants who then spread their knowledge in classrooms.

    Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Greg Schultz said PBL is appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and enhances pupil comprehension.