Berea Pirates collecting water for West Virginia
Berea Community High School students are collecting water through 3:30 p.m. Friday, to help those affected by the recent chemical spill near Charleston, W.Va.
Students are working in conjunction with Berea College, whose students and faculty members will be taking collected water to West Virginia. The next trip is scheduled Friday.
EKU above benchmarks for student engagement
Eastern Kentucky University rates significantly higher than its similar benchmark institutions and other comparison groups on several measures related to student engagement.
According to the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), EKU seniors ranked the university especially high on effective teaching practices, quality of interactions, and two areas related to the level of academic challenge: learning strategies and quantitative reasoning. Freshmen also rated Eastern higher than its benchmarks on effective teaching practices. In most other areas EKU’s scores were roughly identical to the university’s benchmarks.
Winter Olympics in Waco
During Waco Elementary School’s Winter Olympics and 100th Day of Learning celebration Friday, students were not celebrating school days gone by, but what they were able to accomplish in those 100 days, said Principal Venessa Worley.
Every student, teacher and staff member has been studying the cultures of England, Italy, China, Canada, France, Mexico, United States, Jamaica and the Bahamas to represent their chosen country at Friday’s celebration.
State community college students to pay more per hour
Kentucky’s community college students will pay more per hour beginning next fall, independent of any increases in tuition.
That assumes the General Assembly approves a plan to allow the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to finance construction projects at each of its 16 campuses through “agency bonds,” borrowing that will be financed by the colleges rather than through the state’s General Fund.
Movement against violence: Berea Dancing With the Stars raises funds for rape crisis center
Tickets to the first Berea College Dancing with the Stars event raised just over $1,300 Friday to help fund support
services for victims of sexual violence through the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.
Science at St. Mark
As soon as they returned to school after Christmas, St. Mark Catholic School students began working on science projects that they exhibited Friday.
Draft budget reflects additional costs, but no new revenue
Additional personnel costs in Madison County School’s 2014-15 draft budget, mostly related to full-day kindergarten, will require slightly more than $1 million from the district’s contingency fund.
The school board Thursday approved 5-0 a first draft of a budget that would reduce the district’s $5.67 million unreserved balance to $4.65 million.
End of school year gets closer to June
As of Friday, students in the Madison County School district have missed eight school days as the result of inclement weather in December and January, said Erin Stewart, district spokesperson.
EKU lists spring semester performing, fine arts events
Dozens of cultural events spotlighting the talents of Eastern Kentucky University students are scheduled during the spring semester. They include concerts, plays, a dance performance and art exhibits.
EKU to spend half million on step-in-grade pay
Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson has announced a step-in-grade job classification and salary program for identified job classifications and titles for EKU employees.
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