Board hires architect for new central office
What was originally planned as a Madison County School Board work session turned into a special-called meeting Thursday when a few actions items were added to the agenda.
The board voted to hire the architectural firm of Sherman, Carter, Barnhart to design and oversee renovation of the building at 301 Highland Lakes, which the board purchased this month to be the district’s new central office.
Lawmakers finally agree on snow days
Kentucky school officials, parents and students finally have what they’ve been asking for: A bill to allow them to get out of school before the summer fully sets in, even if they don’t make up some of the days they missed during the severe winter.
The House on Friday passed a compromise measure worked out with the Senate. The vote was 97-1 with two members passing. The Senate had passed the measure Thursday.
EKU’S HUMMEL PLANETARIUM TO RESUME PUBLIC SHOWS
Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University will resume public shows on Saturdays, beginning April 12.
A new projection system, designed and installed by EKU information technology staff has replaced outdated, unreliable equipment, allowing programs to be displayed across the full dome, according to an EKU announcement.
Kingston students demonstrate knowledge of U.S. Constitution
Kingston Elementary students were tackling some “heady” topics Wednesday during the school’s fourth-annual “We the People” event for fifth-grade students, said Glenn Manns, Kentucky state coordinator for the nationwide program.
“This exercise is not for the meek,” Manns said.
Spring chicks, goslings make first appearance at Silver Creek
Although they will have their chicks and goslings for only another week, first-graders at Silver Creek Elementary school had picked out names Tuesday for their newborn friends.
“This one’s called Fluffyhead,” said Caleb McCulloch as he gently cradled a black and yellow speckled chick in his hands.
All five first-grade classes are finishing up their annual unit on life cycles, during which they observe and record data on the incubation period of chicks (21 days) and goslings (31 days).
Caudill first, Central second in state archery tournaments
B. Michael Caudill Middle School captured first place in its division at the 2014 National Archery in the Schools Kentucky state championship March 17-18 in Louisville
Madison Central High School placed second in its division.
Second Chance program Tuesday shows pathway to health careers
For 15 years, Chasity Frakes was a hairdresser, and she loved it. She enjoyed meeting new people, and she looked forward to seeing clients that she’d had for years.
Leaders and Learners Day showcases school transformation
Glenn Marshall Elementary students lined the hall Thursday, eager to shake the hands and look into the eyes of each person who walked into the school building.
School buys office building
The Madison County School Board voted 5-0 Thursday to purchase 301 Highland Lakes, off Gibson Bay Drive, as the future home of its central office.
The vote came after an executive session at the end of the board’s monthly meeting.
Superintendent Elmer Thomas called the purchase “fiscally responsible,” because it will put off for as much as five years the building of a new elementary school in northern Madison County, an area that is projected to grow.
Tech students need community’s help to compete in state SkillsUSA competition
In years past, teachers at the Madison County Area Technology Center may have had two to five high school students move on to the SkillsUSA Kentucky Leadership and Skills Conference, according to welding instructor James Mattox.
This year, however, 20 students placed in the March 7 regional competition, and 15 students have the opportunity to compete in April at the state competition in Louisville.
The SkillsUSA Club has grown a lot in the past couple of years, said Mattox, and consists of students from Madison Southern, Madison Central and Berea Independent high schools.
The state competition will test students’ abilities in several areas of technology, including welding, machining, auto mechanics, blueprint reading, electricity, carpentry and others.
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