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Education

  • Culinary competitors

    Three local teens stole the stage — the Gourmet Garden Stage, that is — at the Kentucky State Fair after winning the first three rounds of the Kentucky Junior Chef State Finals.

  • Bardstown City Schools Board approves increased tax rate

    In a unanimous vote, the Bardstown City School Board approved a tax rate increase during its Tuesday meeting.

    The increased tax rate will amount to a 4 percent increase in tax revenue for fiscal year 2015.

    Under the new tax rate, real estate and personal property tax would be at 75.3 cents per $100, with an anticipated combined revenue of more than $7.8 million.

    Both tax rates include 0.1 cent to recover prior year losses because of exonerations, which allows the school system to recoup dollars lost from exemptions.

  • First Baptist of New Haven makes donation

    First Baptist Church of New Haven donated $920 to Village Family Resource & Youth Services Center. Each year VBS teaches children the importance of giving back to their community by thinking of others. This donation has been given to assist New Haven students with various school supplies.  

  • Nelson County HS renovation reveals school history

    While a lot of schools open time capsules to recount school history, Nelson County High School took an unexpected trip down “memory lane” while installing new lockers this summer.

    The lockers, which had been in the building since its opening in 1969, were removed in an effort to both widen the hallways and beautify the building. Beneath the old lockers workers found several artifacts from days gone by.

    During the extraction, workers came across a number of photographs, letters, and homework assignments that had slipped underneath.

  • A peaceful, easy transition

    Texas native Diane Spearman has been hired as the new principal at Bluegrass Christian Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

    Spearman, who has lived in Bardstown for a year, began her new position Aug. 1.

    She said she’s excited about being the principal of the grades kindergarten through eighth parochial school and has already set several goals for the year.

    “It’s been pretty easy to get acclimated,” she said. “It’s been a peaceful, easy transition.”

  • County schools tested above state on ACT

    Nelson County Schools scored above the state average last year on the ACT according to data released from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    The results — which included average scores from 2010 through the 2013-2014 school year — showed significant growth for Nelson County High School over the past four years and even a jump for Thomas Nelson High School over the past two.

  • Special Olympics award named in honor of the Netherlands

    For nearly 30 years, Kathy and Bob Netherland ran the pentathlon at the Summer Games of the Special Olympics — an event they were passionate about.

    “They were pretty dedicated,” said Trish Mazzoni, president and CEO of Special Olympics Kentucky, adding that the couple would often bring their daughters, Holly and Samantha. “They never missed a Summer Games.”

    Mazzoni noted that she could always count on the Netherlands, and if she assigned something to them, it always got done.

  • Local schools part of statewide pilot for growth system

    A new system for public school teachers aims to take the subjectivity out of evaluations this year and focuses on teachers’ growth.

    Falling in line with a statewide implementation of the Professional Growth Effectiveness System (PGES), local schools have changed their approach to measuring and promoting continual improvement among classroom teachers.

    PGES is a system through the Kentucky Department of Education that focuses on multiple levels of information to determine a teacher’s effectiveness in an educational environment.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Dedicated driver

    Moments before the final bell rang Wednesday, Allena Beeler finished up some last-minute details as she waited patiently for her students in the Bloomfield Elementary School parking lot.

    Several other empty buses were parked next to Beeler, all with drivers ready to take students home.

    A call then came in over the radio for Beeler — known as Ms. Allena to her students — letting her know that she would have to take a preschool student home, meaning she would have one additional stop on her route.

  • Homeschooling: Finding the right fit

    As school starts back and teachers prepare for another year of in-school learning, some parents in the community are looking for inspiration in homeschooling their children.

    Anne Barber, mother of two, decided to help this inspiration process by coordinating the Bardstown Homeschoolers Support Group.

    Barber said she started the group in hopes that she and other parents interested in homeschooling could get together and share ideas.