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Education

  • Former teacher indicted for alleged contact with students

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - When a substitute teacher was terminated from her employment with the Bullitt County Public School System in April, the allegations related to text messages.

    However, when the Bullitt County Grand Jury released its indictments last week, the charges were much more serious.

    Suzanne Bickers, 33, of Shepherdsville has been indicted for one count of sodomy and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

  • Guthrie brings real history lesson to LJ

     LEBANON JUNCTION - Brett Guthrie traded his customary role as U.S. Congressman for the position of a fifth-grade history teacher.

    For an hour, Guthrie and students at Lebanon Junction Elementary got an opportunity to talk about government and how it came to be in America.

    As part of the state General Assembly before going to Washington, Guthrie is well aware of the items students are being tested on.

    And, as a congressman, Guthrie gets to experience the workings of the federal government first hand.

  • College, career ready both important to students

     It is sometimes hard to communicate the importance of one thing without discounting the importance of another thing. 

    For that reason, I am going to state right up front what I want you to understand when you finish this column (call it a learning target): Increasing the percentage of Bullitt County citizens who have a bachelor’s degree is important AND pursuing a bachelor’s degree is not the only way to be successful, smart, or happy.

  • Driver shortage results in shifting routes

     LEBANON JUNCTION - With less than a month left in the school year, the shortage of bus drivers remains to be a problem for some. In fact, it has for a good part of the year.

    Taylorsville mother Lori Cain has two children enrolled at Old Mill Elementary. Her fifth grader has ridden the bus almost every year since kindergarten, but this year has been the most worrisome.

  • Old Mill 'train' fueled by ideas from the students

    MOUNT WASHINGTON--A new train has pulled into Bullitt County. However, unlike other trains, this one is fuled by ideas.

    In August Old Mill Elementary started the first STEAM Lab in the county.

    Richard Cox Jr., head of the lab, said the main focus is to inspire children.

  • Zombie Math planned for students at North Bullitt High next fall

     A successful funding proposal plus a partnership equals a greater understanding of linear programming and Algebra II.

    That is what North Bullitt High School math teacher Emir Dizdarevic plans with the implementation of a new program called Zombie Math.

  • Students get chance to learn about life on farms

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County students always enjoy the close-up view of rural and agricultural life thanks to the Bullitt County Extension Service’s Farm FIeld Day.

    The event, hosted along with the Bullitt County Farm Bureau, allows students an opportunity to experience agriculture-related topics with hands-on activities and information from experts.

    The most recent Farm Field Day was held for students from Cedar Grove, Lebanon Junction and Mount Washington Elementary. The event was coordinated through each school’s Family Resource Center.

  • Look at ALL expenses related to college

     When it comes to comparing the costs of various colleges, remember that on the broadest level, costs are divided into billable and non-billable costs. To save money, follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    Billable costs are what you have to pay to start college. At a minimum, these costs include tuition and fees. If you’re going to live in school-provided housing, billable costs will also include room and board. These costs are called billable because the school will bill you for them.

  • Rubberized tracks part of schools’ mission

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Bullitt East doesn’t want to get left in the dust.

    At a recent Mount Washington City Council meeting, Bullitt East athletic director Troy Barr and track/cross country coach Lenny Raley asked the officials  to consider contributing to efforts in raising $15,000 to rubberize the high school track this summer.

    “It desperately needs to be rubberized. We have had several injuries this year,” Raley said.

    If they were able to get this done, they could hold track meets in the county and community events.

  • Board wants to renovate schools

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The members of the school district’s planning committee for facilities was unanimous in its conviction.

    Members voted that Maryville Elementary should immediately receive a new school and that Mount Washington Elementary would be next when funding became available.

    Those same members will now receive a new message from members of the Bullitt County Public School Board - get a new conviction.

    The board voted 3-2 to reject the committee’s recommendation.