• Bardstown City Schools briefs

    Tentative budget
    Bardstown City School’s tentative budget for 2015-2016 is projected to look similar to last year’s budget and will reflect a 4 percent increase in tax revenue. Superintendent Brent Holsclaw said the budget includes state grants, Fund 2 grants and Fund 1 federal money. The budget also includes a 2 percent mandated salary increase with step increase.

  • Nelson County School Board briefs, May 19 meeting

    Nelson County Schools are projected to begin Fiscal Year 2016 with $1.6 million dollars. Chief Operating Officer Tim Hockensmith, who presented the tentative budget to the School Board, noted that local revenue was budgeted at $14.4 million, assuming a 4 percent tax rate increase.

    A breakdown of the budget prepared by Hockensmith and Superintendent Anthony Orr showed $15.4 million budgeted in State Revenue making up the largest portion of the general fund revenue.

  • Board clashes on combining positions

     Opinions differed on job responsibilities and focus May 19 at the Nelson County School Board’s regular session when it was proposed that the roles of college and career readiness coordinator and director of pupil personnel be combined into one position.

    “There really is a lot of overlap in what the responsibilities are,” Sara Wilson, executive director of student support said.

    Wilson noted the district currently has a full-time CCR coordinator and a part-time director of pupil personnel.

  • Students to explore art, entrepreneurship through summer programs

    Two area students will be spending the summer focused on creative writing and a third on entrepreneurship through Governor’s School programs.

    Katya Melgoza, a Bethlehem High School student, and David Ferguson, a Bardstown High School student, were accepted into the 2015 Governor’s School for the Arts.

    The students will focus on developing creative writing skills at the summer session and will receive intense individualized and small group instruction.

  • PHOTO: Bardstown High School presents Alice in Zombieland

    Alice is pressured to try a crumpet during tea,  which could land her in trouble. The scene was part of dress rehearsal for Bardstown High School’s production of “Alice in Zombieland” by Craig Sodaro. The production consists of 24 cast and crew and features Alice, who returns to Wonderland only to find it has become overrun by zombies. The students will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Admission is free but a $1-$3 donation is encouraged.

  • County revamping summer school

    In an effort to increase participation, Nelson County Schools are trying something new this year for their summer school program.

    Kim Brown, director of secondary schools for the district, said that with the summer school sessions being held at Horizons Academy on Wild Cat Lane, those living in outlying areas reported lack of transportation as a contributing factor to not taking advantage of sessions.

    “The parents are at work, the students can’t get a ride in to Horizon’s and back in the afternoon,” Brown said.

  • PROFILES: Area students named Governor’s Scholars

    Bardstown High School
    Larissa Heck is the daughter of Larry and Amanda Heck. She is a member of National Honors Society. She also volunteers at the Festival of Trees and Lights, enjoys sending cards to local nursing home residents, plays the guitar and enjoys camping and baking. Her areas of focus include communications and music. She plans to attend WKU to major in music production and communications.

  • 15 area students chosen to take part in Governor’s Scholars Program

    This summer, 15 area high school students will take part in a five-week residential program where they will explore academic and personal growth.

    The Governor’s Scholars Program, established in 1983, is free to selected students and serves to “enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders,” according to gsp.ky.gov.

  • BHS Battle of the Classes

    Bardstown High School students to the battlefield Thursday night for Battle of the Classes.

    The events included Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, badminton, tug-o-war, wheelbarrow race, balloon toss, hula hoop contest, pickle eating contest, corn hole, field goal kick, pingpong challenge, sponge relay, and the one-handed tissue pull, 


    After putting on their game faces, the juniors walked away with the win, with seniors, freshman and sophomores to follow. Check out these photos from the event: 

  • St. Catharine College and FiveStar partner on scholarships

    St. Catharine College and FiveStar convenience stores recently announced a partnership that will keep college costs affordable and assist students in meeting their educational goals.

    Beginning in the 2015 fall semester, St. Catharine College will offer $500 FiveStar scholarships to new, first-time, full-time students who live at home and commute daily to campus.