EKU to host biannual Family Nature Day
Eastern Kentucky University’s Division of Natural Areas will host Family Nature Day on Saturday at Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory located on the borders of Garrard and Rockcastle counties.
First Lady urges graduates to live by their values
Touching on her own college experiences, First Lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates to live a life of service while building on valuable character traits that will benefit the entire nation.
Obama visited Richmond as the featured speaker for EKU’s evening commencement. She chose to speak at the ceremony because of the university’s recognized commitment to serving student military veterans.
Board votes to reclassify full-time substitute teachers
Madison County Schools teachers and staff cheered Thursday night after a proposal to cut two contracted days from the school calendar died when board members declined to make a motion on the measure, either pro or con.
However, 15 educators in the district will see cuts to their salaries as the board voted 5-0 to reclassify full-time substitute teachers to para-educators.
Little Shop of Horrors
The final performance of Berea Community High School’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors" is 7 p.m. Saturday (May 11) in the school's Kennedy Theater. Tickets are $5.
Madison County Schools: Move to cut two employee contract days fails
After three emotional speeches, chanting and some outbursts from the audience, all five members of the Madison County School Board sat stoically as board chair Mona Isaacs called for a motion to shave two days off the school calendar.
Approval would have effectively cut paychecks for everyone in the district, saving nearly a half million dollars in personnel costs.
County schools roll out Kentucky’s first ‘smart bus’
According to the buzz at central office, top administrators with Madison County Schools were jumping around “like a bunch of giddy geeks” after Kentucky’s first-ever, fully-connected, filtered “smart bus” rolled into the parting lot Thursday afternoon.
Superintendent Tommy Floyd attended a conference last summer and overheard another superintendent talking using an internet emitter students could access while traveling to college courses, he said.
Sequestration cuts pinching schools
If you haven’t noticed the federal budget sequester, that may be about to change.
School superintendents are wrestling with budget shortfalls suddenly amplified by the sequestration cuts, and they’re likely to “pink slip” teachers to help cover the cuts.
County school board to vote on reduction of employees’ contracted work days
As part of the Madison County’s School Board’s effort to reduce costs, the board will vote Thursday night on whether to cut one or two contract days for every employee of the district, said board chair Mona Isaacs.
The board seeks to reduce a potential draw of $2.84 million from the district’s $4.2 million contingency fund, as outlined by its “worst-case scenario” draft budget adopted in January.
MISSION COMPLETED: Southern students experience Air Force simulator
On Friday, Madison Southern High School students went on a mission to destroy a weapons storage facility. They braved a halo jump out of the side of a C-17 military transport aircraft, took a bumpy motorcycle ride across the desert and destroyed the facility in just under six minutes.
Berea College graduates 232 Sunday
Before a capacity crowd at Seabury Arena on Sunday, Berea College graduated 232 seniors.
Peter J. O'Connor, a longtime civil rights activist, addressed the seniors and urged them to think of others first and strive for social justice, an ideal for which he has long advocated
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