• Middle, high schools ready to get year started; college, career still main focus

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Opening day at the middle and high school level features a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation.

    Students are eager to return and meet friends, while teachers are encouraged about the endless possibilities of preparing young minds for success.

    Here’s a look at some of the new things students and parents can look forward to when the BCPS school year begins on Wednesday:


    Principal Troy Kolb’s big message for all Bernheim students is to become distinguished by excellence.

  • Price may determine immediate fate of remodeling vs. two new school buildings

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The planning for renovation work at two elementary schools had already been put into place.

    Principals at Maryville and Mount Washington Elementary schools had worked with staff members, central office personnel and architects to devise a way that massive renovation work could be done while classes were in session.

    However, as each of the projects came in well over budget, the future of the work could be in doubt.

  • 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: