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Education

  • Plastic pollution the focus of 2018 Earth Day

    With 91 percent of plastic waste failing to be recycled, ending up in oceans and poisoning wildlife, a movement to “End Plastic Pollution” is the focus of this year’s Earth Day events.

  • Local principals named to top district positions

    Two familiar faces will lead both public school systems as Bardstown and Nelson County name Ryan Clark and Wes Bradley as superintendents. Both currently serve as principals within the districts. Clark leads Bardstown Middle School and Bradley leads Thomas Nelson High School.

  • OKH, Bloomfield middle combining football teams

    A lack of participation has led Old Kentucky Home and Bloomfield Middle Schools to combine football teams. Principals Rodney Morgeson and Robin Handloser made the proposal at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

    Morgeson said Bloomfield, in particular, has seen the number of students participating in football “dwindle,” affecting the school’s ability to not only form a team but also adequately compete.

  • Local high schools host second Green Dot festival

    For the second year in a row, local high schools came together for an evening of cornhole, flag football and unity as part of the Green Dot Festival at Bardstown High School.

    The festival is something student Lauren Miles started two years ago after attending a camp at Berea College.

    “It taught us how to prevent violence and how to help if we ever saw it,” she said of the camp. When the program was over, Miles received a grant for $500 and decided to use the money to start a Green Dot Festival.

  • Beta students support kids in foster care

    Local Beta Club students have been working on service projects targeting Kentucky children in foster care. These students have shown their support by putting together special kits to make kids feel more at home.

    At Old Kentucky Home Middle School on Monday, students were packing backpacks with art supplies, games, snacks, toiletries and other items to help meet the needs of children in different age groups.

  • Clark named superintendent of Bardstown City Schools

    Bardstown City Schools has named a new district leader, but he is a familiar face of staff and students. The district announced early Friday afternoon that Ryan Clark would be appointed as superintendent, succeeding longtime leader Brent Holsclaw, who announced in January his plans to retire.

  • Hamby talks student success at finalist showcase

    Travis Hamby says he is passionate about personalized learning, something that is taking root in Nelson County, and something of which he would like to be part. Seeing students reach their potential is what Hamby focused on Thursday afternoon during his finalist showcase for Nelson County Schools superintendent. The event was held at My Old Kentucky Home Middle School.

  • Superintendents for area districts could be named as early as Friday

    Bardstown and Nelson County Schools could appoint new superintendents as early as Friday. Each district has called special meetings Friday where they will enter separate closed sessions to discuss the position and consider candidates.

    While the meetings do not guarantee an appointment will be made, the scheduled events give board members the option of making that announcement if a decision is reached.

    Bardstown City School Board’s special-called meeting is at noon Friday. The board interviewed all three of its finalists Thursday.

  • Courtney named principal of Bardstown Elementary

    Brian Courtney has been named principal of Bardstown Elementary School following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the school’s site-based decision making council.

    Courtney currently serves in an administrative role with Jefferson County Public Schools. He and his family have lived in Nelson County for the past 12 years, which is why he chose to pursue the BES position.

  • Bardstown showcases superintendent finalists

    The three remaining finalists for Bardstown City Schools’ superintendent position agree that the district is one of progress, diversity and tradition, but each says he can play a role in continuing to improve educational opportunities for students.

    Finalists Ryan Clark, Anthony Thompson and Chuck Abell were showcased Monday night at Bardstown’s Central Office and will be interviewed by the Board of Education on Thursday. The district is down to three candidates after finalist Matthew Baker withdrew his application this week for personal reasons.