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Education

  • REDISTRICTING: School system looks to maximize facilities

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Maybe the toughest decision made by a school board member is when the topic of redistricting students from one place to another surfaces.

    Due to the growth of the county, especially in the eastern quadrant, Bullitt County Public School Board members will once again have to tackle the redistricting issue.

    While there are major overcrowding issues in the Bullitt East feeder area, the option determined to be the one for recommendation will affect just about every school in the county.

  • Pirates land at Crossroads

     MOUNT WASHINGTON— Crossroads Elementary set sail for the seas in “Pirates! The Musical.”

    Directed by new music teacher Kristopher Hunt, the show followed a ship of singing pirates on their journey to deal with a stowaway. The King of the High C’s, with the help of characters like Bluebeard, Greenbeard, Yellowbeard and the No Beards chorus, taught the stowaway what it takes to be a pirate before sending her to be with the prisoners below deck.

  • Good things continue to happen for Bowman Valley restoration

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Patience is a virtue.

    Just ask the committee members working to restore the Bowman Valley Schoolhouse.

    The core group has spent over six years trying to preserve and to restore the last schoolhouse for African American students in Bullitt County.

    In the last year, the work has allowed the schoolhouse to be moved from its original location to property next to the Frank R. Hatfield Administrative Center and it is now secured from the weather.

  • Freedom teacher takes lessons learned to help show new ways to foreign educators

      HEBRON ESTATES - A teacher is a teacher the world over.

    A local educator, hoping to see all teachers find similar success through shared platforms, ideas and resources, travelled to Africa during Spring Break to kickstart that success.

    Freedom Elementary instructor Lauren Vining co-founded and established Pink Elephant, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, mentoring and supporting teachers worldwide, especially in disadvantaged communities. 

    “We want to connect all teachers in a global support system,” she said.

  • Garrett Jones to take his skills to Craft Academy

     Garrett Jones, a sophomore in the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) program, will attend The Craft Academy at Morehead State University this fall.

    He is the third student from Bullitt County and the second from Bullitt East High School to gain admission into the academy. Sebastian Kaufman is completing his junior year.

    “I’m pretty excited,” Garrett said. He learned about his selection from an unfamiliar caller ID and then wondering who he knew at Morehead that would be calling him.

  • Patel to become second BAMS student selected for Craft Academy

     Ishika Patel, a sophomore in the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) program, will attend The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University this fall.

    She and fellow BAMS sophomore Garrett Jones are the only two Bullitt County students selected to the Craft Academy this year and the first from the BAMS program.

    Ishika received the telephone notification as her mother, Kamini I. Patel, stood beside her.

  • Schultz to be new leader of Oldham schools

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bullitt County’s loss will be Oldham County’s gain.

    Greg Schultz, who has spent the past nine years as assistant superintendent for student learning in Bullitt County, will become the leader of Oldham County Public Schools on July 1.

    For Schultz, it is an opportunity to return to his educational home.

    One of the first things he hopes to do is return to his first teaching classroom at Oldham County High School and just look around the scenery. 

  • School Board upset that work done without approval

     PIONEER VILLAGE -- The work had to be done.

    And it had to be done while school was not in session.

    But should it have been done without notifying school board members?

    The consensus during a recent work session of the Bullitt County Public School Board was that the sewer line work at Maryville Elementary was necessary.

    However, board members were not happy to get a negotiated change order for $21,000 from its contractor, Parco.

  • Students will begin to have Chromebooks in lieu of textbooks

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The maiden voyage of a pilot project to bring personal computers to students in the Bullitt County Public School System has been a success.

    Now, with the approval of the school board, more students will be giving up the textbooks and carrying their Chromebooks.

    Beginning next school year, over 3,200 students will be carrying their computers with them for the rest of their time in the local district.

  • BC’s Maggie Lewis can fulfill dream of going to Gatton in fall

     Bullitt Central High School sophomore Maggie Lewis has been accepted at both Western Kentucky University’s Carol Martin Gatton Academy and Morehead State University’s Craft Academy.

    It was a bittersweet moment for the 15-year-old daughter of Stephanie and Richard Lewis. She learned about Craft while still on Gatton’s waiting list.

    Her father, Human Resources Manager for the Hendrickson Company, was actually the first to learn of his daughter’s honors.