• Beasley, Patton still in running for honor of being state’s top teacher

     FRANKFORT - Two of Bullitt County’s finest educators are among 24 teachers that will be recognized at the State Capitol for their excellence.

    Bullitt Lick Middle School music instructor Meredith Patton and Brooks Elementary 2nd/3rd grade instructor Gina Beasley were selected as recipients of the 2015 Ashland Teacher Achievement Award, presented by Ashland, Inc., and Valvoline.

    Patton and Beasley were previously selected as 2015-16 Bullitt County Middle and Elementary Teacher of the Year, respectively.

  • Schools provide suicide education as part of mandate as problem rising

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - As the number of suicides among teenagers continues to rise across the country, lawmakers in Kentucky sought to do something to help turn that trend.

    By state law, Kentucky high schools and middle schools are now required to provide suicide prevention curriculum to students.

    Bullitt County Public Schools Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Sarah Hardin said all county middle and high schools featured state-mandated suicide prevention curriculum and programs.

  • Bullitt Lick feeds parents with food, knowledge

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Sometimes a student will tell you their favorite class is lunch. Sometimes the parents agree.

    Bullitt Lick Middle School hosted a Lunch and Learn event for 6th grade parents as a way to learn about the school and share family time.

    Parents were invited to attend a 9:30 a.m. meeting in the school library, followed by free lunch in the cafeteria with their child.

    The event was designed to provide parents with homework strategies, as well as introducing them to school programs and answering informational questions.

  • Seventeen local students earn Green scholarships

     FRANKFORT -- Seventeen students from Bullitt County have been named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

  • Strang goes from ‘captive’ audience to creative one

      MOUNT WASHINGTON -- If you ask an elementary student what their teacher did before they became an educator, most would laugh and tell you their teacher has always been a teacher.

    Chances are, they would never guess that their teacher used to work for the department of corrections.

    For Old Mill Elementary’s Jamie Strang, that might be a good thing.

  • Remembering 9/11

      The North Bullitt JROTC held its annual observance of the 9-11 attack on freedom.

    The program included the raising and lowering to half-staff of the flag outside Hebron Middle School. It also included a touching speech, the playing of Taps and a release of doves by Shoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home.

    Students from both North Bullitt and Hebron watched the ceremony, which included the singing of the National Anthem by the Hebron choir.

    Zoneton VFD participated as well.

  • Teaching was in the blood for Bullitt Lick’s Kayla Alcorn

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bullitt Lick Middle’s eighth-grade science teacher Kayla Alcorn has teaching in her blood.

    “I am the daughter of a teacher,” Alcorn said. “I’ve been around education my whole life so I think that makes me a little more comfortable with it being my first year.”

    Alcorn attended the University of Kentucky with a pre-dental mindset before deciding a teaching career was better suited for her.

  • Gwinn Hahn selected as district’s top volunteer for retired teachers

     Gwinn Hahn was recently honored by the Kentucky Retired Teaches Association District Five as its volunteer of the year.

    The majority of her volunteer hours were devoted to the Bowman Valley Schoolhouse Project.

    She gave an update of the progress to save and renovate the last African-American schoolhouse in the county.

    It is now located next to the Bullitt County Board of Education office.

    Hahn is presented with her award by Fifth District president Allen Schuler. Both educators retired from Bullitt Central High School.

  • Corley comes to bigger district to allow growth as a teacher

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- After his first year teaching in Henry County, Bullitt Central High School freshman math teacher Liam Corley wanted a larger challenge. 

    “It wasn’t the perfect fit for me,” he said. “As of right now, I think I’ve found it.”

    A native of Chicago, Corley went to a school similar to Bullitt Central in size and school spirit, but the city community was a different than the country-style of Bullitt County schools.

    Corley left Chicago to study at the University of Louisville.

  • Getting good jobs and preparing for them

     I recently ran across a report from Georgetown University regarding “Good Jobs” created since the end of the 2008-10 recession.  

    The study’s authors define good jobs as those paying more than $53,000 annually for a full-time, full-year worker, so we are talking about very, very good jobs for a young person starting their career in Kentucky.

    In addition, the majority of these good jobs are full time, offer health insurance and provide employer sponsored retirement plans - adding more than 30 percent on top of employee base salary.