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Three LC teachers earn Excellence in Teaching award Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award recipients

Three LaRue County school teachers have been selected as the 2017 Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.

Laura Evans, a fifth-grade teacher at Hodgenville Elementary School; Pam Baker, seventh-grade math teacher at LaRue County Middle School; and Jessica Beaven, a LaRue County High School eleventh-grade algebra and English teacher were recognized for their accomplishments at the district board of education’s meeting March 20.

Students create virtual Rube Goldberg machine STLP students create Rube Goldberg Machine

When most people think of accomplishing a task, they look for the easiest, straightest path with fewest steps to reach their goal.

An American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor named Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), however, turned that pattern of thought on its head as he is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, multi-step ways to produce a falling-domino effect. His process of problem solving gave rise to the term Rube Goldberg machines.

Four LaRue County High School students are in the process of creating their own virtual Rube Goldberg machine for the state’s Student Leadership Technology Program. Their challenge asks them to use their machine to shoot off virtual fireworks in the computer game, Minecraft.

“The more complex and varied the process to achieve this, the better the team’s score will be,” noted Theresa Banks, LCHS technology resource technician.

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LCMS eighth-grader earns national awards for volunteer service Biven Turner with LCMS principal Jason Detre

Biven Turner, a student at LaRue County Middle School, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Soil conservation art, writing contest winners announced ALES Art

LaRue County winners of the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests have been announced.

Overall writing winners include students Biven Turner and Yasmeen Hamada from LaRue County Middle School and Myah Meredith from LaRue County High School.

Overall art winners are Ella Thomas and Emily Detre from Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and Makayla Benningfield from Hodgenville Elementary School.

Career Launch: Preparing students for success Career Launch

School teachers and staff work hard to prepare their students for success not only while they are in school, but also for the time when they will enter the adult world.

A very important part of that goal is planning—choosing the classes that are the closest “fit” to the interests and aptitude of each student.

On Monday, Feb. 20, LaRue County students in eighth through 11th grades came with their parents to the high school for Career Launch, which, as the name suggests, helped them take off on an optimum career path through their high school years.

13 LCHS seniors earn State Registered Nurse's Aide Certification December 2016 State Registered Nurse's Aide Graduates

As far back as she can remember, LaRue County High School senior Emma Bowling has wanted to follow in the footsteps of the women on her dad’s side of the family and enter the medical field as a career.

She and 12 senior classmates reached a first milestone toward accomplishing that career goal as they passed all coursework, a practicum and the final test toward state registered nurse’s aide certification.

The course, which ran August through December at the Brockman Center in Hodgenville, was offered through Campbellsville University’s Technology Training Center’s Allied Health Program.

LaRue County Elementary Schools Excel at District Governor’s Cup Governor's Cup 2017
LCS seeks substitute bus drivers School bus closeup

Ronald Whitlock, the school district’s area coordinator of transportation, said the need here is not so much for immediate permanent route drivers, but for substitutes.

“We don’t have any routes open at this time,” Whitlock noted. “However, we do have one driver retiring and may have more before summer.”

He said drivers typically start out as substitutes, driving on an as-needed basis with pay starting out at $12.94 per hour.

“We currently have 29 ½ routes daily and like to have three or four good subs at all times,” said Whitlock. “I am looking to hire four sub drivers at this time.”

Applicants would need to be flexible, good with children, and be able to pass a CDL physical along with drug screening and a TB skin test, he remarked.

“We provide training to get a class B CDL with passenger endorsement and school bus certification,” Whitlock commented. “Sub drivers are in line for full time positions as they come available.”

LCS recognized as District of Distinction at state board meeting District of Distinction

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and the Kentucky Department of Education recognized 16 school districts including LaRue County Schools as Districts of Distinction at the board’s meeting Feb. 8 in Frankfort.

2017-18 kindergarteners must be 5 by Aug. 1 kindergartner boarding a school bus

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. The cutoff has been Oct. 1, but the 2012 Kentucky General Assembly moved back the cutoff date based on the premise that younger students might not be ready for school.

Healthy Kids Clinic opening at each school Nurse practitioner with child

LaRue County Schools students soon will be able to receive a higher level of healthcare at school thanks to a new partnership between the district and Cumberland Family Medical Center.

Along with the existing school nurse program, each school will house Healthy Kids Clinic, where children may be seen by a family nurse practitioner. The family nurse practitioner will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a rotational basis at the district’s four schools to provide preventative services such as well-child exams and immunizations as well as acute care visits.

“The Healthy Kids Clinic will give our students and their parents one more option for student healthcare,” said Rip Collins, director of pupil personnel for LaRue County Schools. 

School Board Appreciation Month LaRue County Board of Education members

January is the month when school districts across Kentucky recognize the hard work school board members do and the dedication they show for their students.

“Our school board members are all committed to the betterment of our students and school system,” noted Sam Sanders, superintendent. “Having a high quality school board is one of the reasons LaRue County Schools is a top 10 school district.”

LaRue County’s board members were asked to express the good things that are happening in LaRue County Schools and things they would like to see accomplished in 2017.

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ALES honored with ENERGY STAR certification ALES Energy Star Award

The LaRue County Schools Board of Education honored Abraham Lincoln Elementary School for its recent ENERGY STAR certification at the Jan. 17 board meeting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

“The LaRue County School District is proud to work with Harshaw Trane to achieve ENERGY STAR certification at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School," said LaRue County Schools superintendent Sam Sanders. "Obtaining this efficiency will allow the district to spend more dollars in our classrooms and not on utility bills.”

Technology students to launch website featuring LCHS alumni photos Sweet Memories

Thanks to the hard work of several students in LaRue County High School’s technology classes, the school’s alumni and general public will soon be able to go online to view individual’s pictures from their senior class.

“Our expected launch date is March 15,” said Symone Whalin, an LCHS senior who with fellow senior Brandon Hurt and junior Dylan Sullivan will present the site construction as a competitive project in the Student Technology Leadership Program conference in April at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

2017 ExCEL winner Mr. Houston Cruse 2016-17 ExCEL winner Houston Cruse and family
LCHS senior participates in Distinguished Young Woman state event Symone Whalin

Symone Whalin, LaRue County’s 2017 Distinguished Young Woman, is participating in state DYW competition at Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington this week.

The LaRue County High School senior arrived in Lexington on Sunday for the weeklong series of events that result in winners being awarded college scholarships worth thousands of dollars.

How LCS team makes a snow day decision snow

Weather in this area of the state is so localized that low clouds may be laying down a layer of ice on roads in one end of the county while only a cold rain covers the roadways in another section only a few miles away.

That variance makes the decision of calling off school even more difficult for LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders.

Helping him, however, to obtain the best possible and most timely advice on road conditions are Phil Fulkerson, director of transportation and maintenance, Ronald Whitlock, area transportation director, and Nathan Wheeler, head mechanic, who when ice or snow threatens, arise around 3 a.m. to inspect road surfaces.

Each man travels to different areas of the county where buses cover almost 2,000 miles of road daily along 37 routes.

Fulkerson checks out the Maxine area and southern part of the county. Whitlock inspects the Levelwoods, Ball Hollow, Mt. Sherman-Ward Road area, and Wheeler travels the Roanoke area and northern part of the county.

Cheer squad takes regional championship Hawks competitive cheer squad

The LaRue County High School competitive cheer squad won a regional championship on November 19 at Nelson County High School. The team won the All-Girls Medium division and they now advance to the KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships on Saturday, December 10 at the Alltech Arena in Lexington.

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Hawk KYA Delegation Honored Hawk KYA in Frankfort

Several LaRue County High School students got a close up and personal look at the workings of state government as they participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly Nov. 20-22 in Louisville and Frankfort.

“Three of our four bills reached the desk of the Governor,” said Kendrick Bryan, LCHS social studies teacher who with Lindsey Bryan and Ben Schell chaperoned the LaRue County students who joined others from throughout Kentucky.

Houston Cruse honored with 2017 LaRue County ExCEL Award 2017 LaRue County ExCEL recipient Houston Cruse

Talk to 2017 LaRue County ExCEL recipient Houston Cruse, and you’ll find out how important family has been, not only to his becoming a teacher, but also to his continuing in that profession.

“My family has always been a wonderful influence on my life,” said the advanced placement world history and world civilization teacher at LaRue County High School. “From the time I was of a young age, both of my parents constantly explained that money and prestige should never be a deciding factor concerning an occupational choice. Both of them always pushed me to do what I love, regardless of the situation.”

Sandidge recognized as a standout Building Assessment Coordinator Kelly Sandidge with family and assistant superintendent for student achievement Amanda Reed

Kelly Sandidge’s goal is to create a streamlined, stress-free environment where students and teachers are prepared for and at ease with standardized testing.

His work — which his colleagues credit for helping transform LaRue County High School into a model for student achievement — has earned statewide recognition as the Kentucky Association of Assessment Coordinators named Sandidge the Kentucky Building Assessment Coordinator of the Year.

“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Along with others at the high school and district level, I’m in constant contact with our students and our teachers to make sure testing is as successful as possible,” Sandidge, the school’s director of student services, said.

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LCHS Y-Club members attend lecture series LCHS Y-Club members attend lecture series. Pictured: Seth DeVary, Emma Bowling, Breea Kirkpatrick, Jessi O'Bryan, Abigail Hazelwood, and Seth Newby
Skaggs named LCHS interim principal Denise Skaggs

Instructional supervisor Denise Skaggs will lead LaRue County High School through the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.

LaRue County Schools superintendent Sam Sanders appointed Skaggs interim principal during a meeting of the high school’s site-based decision-making council Thursday afternoon.

LCS ranks 8th of 173 Kentucky school districts LCS ranks 8th in the state, is named District of Distinction

LaRue County Schools is the eighth highest performing of Kentucky’s 173 school districts and ranks higher than any district in the region, according to data from the Unbridled Learning Assessment and Accountability System.

“Our scores have reflected a high level of student achievement for several years, and our mindset in LaRue County is continuous improvement. To rank eighth in the state is an incredible accomplishment for our students and our dedicated teachers and staff,” said superintendent Sam Sanders.

With an overall score of 78.4, LCS has earned its first District of Distinction designation. Across the state, 15 districts achieved District of Distinction status.

Two schools in the district – Hodgenville Elementary and LaRue County Middle School – earned School of Distinction status.

Learning at an earlier age Children and parents participate in a school readiness program.

Futurist Buckminster Fuller in his 1982 book Critical Path is said to have written that if all the knowl- edge that mankind had accumulated and transmitted by the year One A.D. were equal to one unit of informa- tion, it took about 1500 years or until the sixteenth century for that amount of knowledge to double.

The next doubling took only 250 years, until about 1750, and by 1900, knowl- edge had multiplied by 8 units. Today, futurists like Fuller estimate the doubling speed is now between one and two years.

With so much continuously increasing knowledge, the impetus for educators to prepare children for learning at earlier ages becomes greater and greater.

LaRue County’s family resource coordinators Machelle Durham, Melissa Pearman and assistant Jessica Skaggs offer two programs, Wee Time and KHIC (Kindergarten Here I Come), to help fulfill that need for early learning preparation.

Juston Milby: A knack for fixing things Juston Milby prepares to check inventory on his computer.

Juston Milby discovered he had a knack for fixing things while he was a young boy helping his dad repair equipment on their farm at the edge of LaRue and Hart County.

“I helped Dad work on our tractor equipment and also that of our neighbor, Ralph Lobb, whose farm was near us,” he said. “Ralph would tear it up, bring it to us, and we’d fix it.”

His skill as a mechanic led to a career in that field, a career that will come to an end Sept. 30 when he retires as LaRue County Schools’ vehicle maintenance manager.

Phil Fulkerson, the district’s director of transportation and maintenance, said Milby has been a tremendous help over the years and will be sorely missed.

“He is always particular about his workmanship. He has always believed that the job isn’t finished when the last bolt is tightened but rather when the passenger is safely home,” Fulkerson noted. “Whether it’s teaching a class of mechanics, working on a truck, a car, a school bus or farm tractor, there is no one I’d rather have on the job than Juston.”

Senior Parent Night set for Sept. 6

This year’s 182 members of LaRue County High School’s Class of 2017 and their parents who attend Senior Parent Night on Sept. 6 will learn about many of the important requirements that must be completed, opportunities available and schedule of events during their final year of high school.

“The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the LCHS auditorium,” said Clarissa Thomas, school counselor, who will provide information about college/career fairs and local scholarships.

“Students need to attend in order to learn about various opportunities and events that take place during their senior year, to understand the college application process, and to learn what they can do now to make the process easier,” she noted.

Thomas said parents also need to attend to be involved with their children’s activities during their final year of high school and to be aware of the costs involved.

LaRue County Schools proposes 2016 tax rates Tax

Shortly after the start of the school year, all Kentucky school districts must determine local school tax rates.  LaRue County Schools Board of Education is considering proposed 2016 tax rates of 47.6 cents on real property and 47.6 cents on personal property. 

As the Board of Education’s decision approaches, LaRue County Schools wants to ensure the LaRue County community has important information on school property tax rates and school funding needs.

FFA brings honors back to LaRue County FFA students receive awards at LaRue County School board meeting.

The LaRue County School Board of Education was proud to recognize many FFA students at its regular August meeting. Congratulations to each of these students and recent graduates for their hard work and for representing LaRue County well at the state convention. Best of luck to those competing at nationals in October.

LCS welcomes new teachers Photo of some of the new teachers joining LaRue County Schools in the 2016-17 school year.

Several teachers have joined LaRue County Schools’ certified staff. Here's a look at each of their backgrounds and goals. 

Construction crews to avoid school-day disruptions Construction crew working at LaRue County High School.

As the new school year approached, students and parents likely noticed some construction in progress on LaRue County Schools campuses. Early in July, the district began work on its Guaranteed Energy Savings Project.

The project includes varying levels of work at each of the district’s buildings including HVAC at the high school and the sixth-grade wing of the middle school. Crews also are installing automated building controls at the middle and high schools and Hodgenville Elementary. In addition, lighting upgrades are planned for each school. Students already will notice new LED lighting in some areas including gymnasiums.

Students, staff and parents may see some evidence of construction. For example, hallway ceilings will be left open while crews need access to mechanical systems. But district officials and project managers are carefully planning to prevent interrupting the school day.

LCS enrollment, state funding expected to drop Empty student desk

LaRue County Schools officials forecast an average daily attendance of 2,149 students for the 2016-17 school year, a decrease of 35 students, which would prompt a reduction in state funding.

“Average daily attendance typically fluctuates, but we are troubled by the decrease because it will be the sixth time annual average daily attendance has dropped in eight years,” said Superintendent Sam Sanders. “That’s a net loss of 76 students since the 2009-10 school year.”

Local school districts receive state funding based on average daily attendance. The funding, called Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK), provided the district approximately $10.85 million last year.

In the coming school year, that funding is expected to drop more than $410,000 to approximately $10.44 million.

LCS Board presents superintendent evaluation

The LaRue County Schools Board of Education presented Superintendent Sam Sanders’ annual evaluation at its monthly meeting Monday night.

The evaluation, a part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Superintendent Leadership Plan, assigned one of four rankings – exemplary, accomplished, developing or growth required – to seven standards.

LaRue County Schools named National District of Distinction Trophy awarded to LaRue County Schools by the National Beta Club.

The National Beta Club has named LaRue County Schools a 2016 National District of Distinction. This award is given to those deserving districts who offer National Beta in all schools in their district, and who induct qualifying students in all eligible grades (fourth-12th). LaRue County Schools is the sole recipient named for the 2015-2016 academic year, and one of only three districts to receive this award nationwide.

“Through the exceptional efforts of Superintendent Sam Sanders, club sponsors and deserving Beta members, LaRue County clubs have flourished since the district’s initial club charter in 2005,” National Beta CEO Bob Bright said. 

This national award speaks highly of LaRue County School’s commitment to academic excellence, leadership development and service involvement, and illustrates their dedication to preparing students for college and career readiness, Bright added. The students in their district understand the importance of these qualities and exemplify the Beta motto, Let Us Lead by Serving Others.

LaRue County kindergartener shares dream and wins $1,000 for college Jace Detre gathers with his parents and Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust representatives at a Dream Out Loud Challenge ceremony.

The family of a Jace Detre, who recently finished kindergarten at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, has won a $1,000 college savings account after Jace shared his dream of creating an animal-friendly golf school.

Jace submitted an essay for the “Dream Out Loud Challenge,” offering how he would change the world after college by starting a golf school where golf balls were also food for animals. The Dream Out Loud Challenge is sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT), Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan

Lindsey Shelton to join Nolin RECC Washington Youth Tour Lindsey Shelton

LaRue County High School junior Lindsey Shelton is one of five area students awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., through the annual Nolin RECC Washington Youth Tour contest.

Two LCHS students accepted to Governor’s School for the Arts Jake Cecil and Jessika Shanks

LaRue County High School juniors Jake Cecil and Jessika Shanks have earned spots in the prestigious 2016 Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts. 

Across Kentucky, more than 1,700 students applied for a total of 256 openings for nine arts disciplines, according to the program.

Cecil will participate in visual arts, while Shanks will participate in creative writing.

LCHS Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Camp Tennis camp participants

The LCHS Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis teams will host a summer tennis camp for boys and girls completing grades K-8.  The camp will be held at LCHS tennis courts Monday, June 6th – Friday, June 10th.  Those participants that have completed grades K-2 will come from 9:00 – 10:00, grades 3 – 4 grades will come from 10:00 – 11:00, and grades 5 – 8 will come from 11:00 – 12:00.  The camp will focus on the basics of tennis including: rules, strokes, serving, and sportsmanship.

Unbridled Learning testing is May 9-13

LaRue County Schools students and teachers will put a year of work to the test next week as the annual Unbridled Learning assessments get underway.

Students in third through eighth grade will complete Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress (K-Prep) assessments May 9-13. High school students will complete the Quality Core assessments that same week, with K-Prep writing assessments May 18-19.

“Everyone in LaRue County takes pride in being one of the highest achieving school districts in the state, and we are looking forward to our students giving their best effort this year,” said Sam Sanders, superintendent of LCS.  

Seven LCHS students earn spots in Governor’s Scholars Program Kaylan Anderson, Seth DeVary, Alexa Herrin, Celeste Menard, Seth Newby, Virginia Taylor and Symone Whalin

Seven LaRue County High School students have been accepted to the selective Governor’s Scholars Program, a five-week residential summer program that takes place on three college campuses across the state. The program, which students attend during the summer before their senior year, strives to develop civic and economic leaders while providing the state’s brightest students an opportunity to discover their potential in Kentucky.

The 2016 Governor’s Scholars include Kaylan Anderson, Seth DeVary, Alexa Herrin, Celeste Menard, Seth Newby, Virginia Taylor and Symone Whalin.

Greenhouse students provide Buckets of Hope Students Rebecca Brown, Cayleigh Riggs, and Ami Druen thin young plants in LaRue County High School's greenhouse.

LaRue County High School agriculture teacher Chris Thomas and his greenhouse students are adding something special to their plant offerings this spring.

The LaRue County FFA chapter has been awarded a $2,500 grant as part of the FFA: Food for All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.

Thomas said the local project is called “FFA Buckets of Hope.”

“Our goal is to help fight hunger, literally one bucket at a time,” he said. “In our town there are children and even teenagers who go home to no food. With our program, we can help these families grow their own fresh produce.”

His students have sown and are cultivating several varieties of vegetables — tomatoes, okra, peppers, cucumbers, and herbs — in 150 10-gallon containers.

LCHS takes first place at state Student Technology Leadership Program competition Symone Whalin, Matthew Crain, Omar Collado, Samuel Lewis, Sean Smith, Ravin Sanders, Austin Hawkins and Josh Adams

Taking a video from concept to finished product in just 48 hours, the LaRue County High School Cinemania team earned first-place honors at the 2016 Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship Cinemania Contest.

Students had already decided they wanted to produce a political satire video as they waited for Kentucky STLP to post the required video elements online. Once the elements were posted, the team had just two days to write a script, secure props and costumes, shoot and edit the video and submit their entry to the judges.

“I was blown away by their effort,” said Network Technician Paul Clark, who, along with Technology Resource Technician Theresa Banks, advised the team.

Durham in running for FFA Star award Customers crowd around Forrest Durham’s “Bull Durham’s Roasted Corn” booth.

Sometimes ideas for business ventures come from being alert to what is going on around a person.

Take Forrest Durham, for instance. A LaRue County High School senior, Durham is in the running for an FFA Star award in agribusiness because of what he noticed while working in his parents’ (Pat and Paula Durham) candy booth.

“There was a guy next to my dad’s fudge stand who had roasted corn at the St. James Art Fair,” the 18-year-old Buffalo resident said. “So after the first day of business I saw how much money he was making and decided to start doing research on the business. I helped him for free for the weekend to get the gist of what I needed to do for the business to be successful."

HES students explore Greek mythology through performance Hercules, played by Cutter Boley, fights a savage fire-breathing bull, played by Reed Greenwell, as one of his twelve labors.

This month Hodgenville Elementary School fourth-graders combined music, art, media and physical education to present Greek Mythological Allusions, a series of skits based on Greek mythology. The project not only provided students a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about Greek mythology – a required curriculum component – but also an opportunity to build performance skills and create special memories. 

Claycomb Law Office to represent LCS Board of Education LCS logo

The LaRue County Schools Board of Education hired Claycomb Law Office in Hodgenville on Monday, naming new counsel for the first time since 1971.

Tom Claycomb will serve as the board’s primary attorney.

“We’re excited to work with an attorney as well trained as Tom, who lives in our community and is a product of our school district,” said Board Chairwoman Joanna Hinton.

Claycomb replaces longtime board attorney Jim Whitlow, who resigned because he plans to practice on a limited basis.

LCHS students take bake sales to new level for those in need
LCHS seniors ready for New York City experience Statue of Liberty

On April 19, LaRue County High School students and chaperones will hop a motor coach to a new, exciting experience.

These 38 students and 15 parents and chaperones are embarking on a senior trip tradition of traveling to a historically and culturally important city. This year they are once again headed to New York City. Past trips also have included Chicago and Orlando.

“It started as a way to give seniors an opportunity to take a culturally significant trip together,” said Summer Garris, LCHS English teacher and senior advisor. “Since we are in such a rural community, many of our students have not had the experience and diversity offered by a city. New York is a place very unlike our rural town of Hodgenville. It represents the perfect place to learn about the diversity of our country.”

Students explore poetry, drama through ALES production Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Poetry and Drama Club members

After weeks of preparation, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Poetry and Drama Club presented an array of dramatic poetry readings during A Poetry Garden Party.

Club sponsor and ALES music teacher Penny Akers wanted to create a production in which students could develop all aspects of their performance, and poetry recitation was the perfect avenue, she said.

“Poetry recitation lends itself to succinct one-act plays” Akers said. “These are manageable productions through which students can experiment with their own creativity in the elements of drama as well as that of production and stage directing.”

LCHS speech students headed to nationals LCHS students who have advanced to national competition: Parker Anderson, Damon Helton, Zoie Webb and Elena Cecil

March Madness does not only infect basketball fans in the spring of each year. It is also how the competitive speech world refers to the weekly tournaments held during the month of March.

The tournaments determine which students will go on to represent the state of Kentucky at the two major National Speech Championship tournaments to be held later this year in May and June.

In early March, schools from across the state compete to join Team Kentucky at the NCFL National Championships, which are held Memorial Day weekend each year. Two weeks later, they compete to join the Team Kentucky delegation to the NSDA National Championships, which are held the second week in June each year.

LCS begins facility planning process

LaRue County Schools officials are preparing to start the District Facility Plan process, which charts a course for the district’s construction planning.

“This is a process all school districts go through every four years,” said superintendent Sam Sanders. “Through this process, the Local Planning Committee will assess and prioritize the construction needs throughout the district.”

The plan lays out all projects based on need, not the district’s ability to fund the projects. With low bonding capacity, most of the district’s facility needs are unmet.

To access funds restricted for construction and renovation, projects must be included in the District Facility Plan. Plans from all districts also are used by state agencies to determine needs-based funding.  

The Local Planning Committee, a group of 20, will develop the plan. The committee will bring together various teachers, administrators, district personnel, representatives of site-based decision-making councils and parent-teacher organizations, the board of education, local building and zoning and business/community leaders, according to Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).