Board avoids $1 million dip into contingency fund
In January, the Madison County School Board approved a 2014-15 draft budget that projected a withdraw of more than $1 million from the district’s contingency fund.
However, after some adjustments to predicted personnel costs, the district should be able to keep the $5.67 million it has maintained in contingency for several years, Chief Finance Officer Debbie Frazier said at Thursday’s board meeting.
Model graduates 60 seniors Friday
Model Laboratory School graduated 60 seniors Friday night in a ceremony at the EKU Center for the Arts.
Of their graduates, 95 percent plan to attend college in the fall, according Jamie Worley, Model’s high school guidance counselor. Most will be going to in-state schools, while one student was accepted at a school in London, England. Another student received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Legends players give GME first-graders baseball tips
Glenn Marshall Elementary students in Marie King’s first-grade class got a surprise visit Friday from two Lexington Legends baseball players.
Curious faces looked up to the towering figures who did their best to answer every question a first-grader could think of.
“Did you practice on things like this (a tee)?” “When did you start playing baseball?” “Why do you want to play baseball?” “What’s my name?” “Do you know how to spell my name?” They asked.
Spotlight Acting School presents: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
Set in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who moved to the city in search of a new life for herself.
It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz — a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.
Thomas presents capstone project for his evaluation
New evaluation procedures are being phased in for educators through the state’s new Professional Growth Effectiveness System. Madison County Schools Superintendent Elmer Thomas is participating in the evaluation pilot program for superintendents during his first year leading the district.
As part of his evaluation requirements, Thomas presented Tuesday an overview of how he has met the system’s seven standards of effectiveness. He also described some of the “tough decisions” the he and the board has made this year and his vision for “inspiring excellence” at Madison County Schools.
Student life saved with new EpiPen stockpile
Since the beginning of the school year, two Madison County students have been administered medication through an EpiPen, used to auto-inject a measured dose of epinephrine to treat a severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock, the school board learned at Thursday’s meeting.
In one instance, “the physician told the mom, if it (EpiPen) had not been there, she would not have made it,” said Michelle Malicote, the district’s school health clinic services manager.
EKU honors 2,621 degree candidates
Eastern Kentucky University honored 2,621 degree candidates at its annual spring commencement ceremonies Saturday.
Three ceremonies were conducted, each honoring degree candidates in one or two academic colleges.
The honorees included 1,977 bachelor’ degree candidates, 499 master’s degree candidates, 122 associate degree candidates, 20 specialist degree candidates, and three doctoral degree candidates.
Outburst at school board meeting over use of jail trusties
Madison County School Board Chair Mona Isaacs asked a woman if she needed to be escorted from Thursday’s meeting after her outburst about the number of incidences that have occurred since the school district began using jail trusties in its bus garage 15 years ago.
Superintendent Elmer Thomas had just told the board how much money was saved since 1999 by using jail trusties instead of employees for certain tasks.
Three Model students named National Merit Scholarship recipients
Model Laboratory School announced Thursday that three of its seniors, Stephanie McCormick, Maya Gershtenson and Kyle Newsome, were National Merit Scholarship recipients.
McCormick will receive the $2,500 award sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, while Gershtenson and Newsome will both receive a $2,000 award sponsored by the University of Kentucky.
All three students also were awarded the UK Patterson Scholarship, which is provided to National Merit and Achievement Finalists who list UK as their No. 1 college choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
‘Stay in the Game’ campaign features teen role models
Madison County Youth in Action, students working to reduce the availability of alcohol to underage youth, launched its second “Stay in the Game” media campaign this week.
Campaign posters feature student athletes from Berea Community, Madison Southern and Madison Central high schools who have been identified as positive, drug-free role models by their teachers, said YIA coordinator Jennifer Webb.
The posters, displayed at high schools, law enforcement agencies and several businesses, are designed to remind youth that alcohol is the leading cause of death in teens, she said. Each brightly-colored poster highlights a unique underage drinking prevention slogan.
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