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Education

  • Board discusses state's new testing system

    Rebecca Cassell

    editor@cknj.com

    The acronym "K-PREP" may soon be as recognizable as "CATS" when it comes to education.

    K-PREP - or Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress - is the name of the state's new testing system for students. This will take the place of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, better known as CATS, this school year.

  • School Board gives initial approval to tobacco ban

     

    James Roberts

    writer@cknj.com

    Tobacco use on Taylor County School property could soon be prohibited.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday Aug. 9, Taylor County School Board members had first reading of a tobacco policy, which, according to Superintendent Roger Cook, bans all tobacco use on all school property and in all school vehicles.

    The policy, he said, establishes "a 24/7 tobacco-free environment" at Taylor County Schools.

  • Regional Works host Jobs Readiness class

     

    Big Sandy Area Development District Kentucky Regional Works program recently hosted a Jobs Readiness Activities Class.

    Pictured, from left, are Donna Benningfield, employment specialist; Yuelta Mattingly; Lisa Cheatham, instructor; Chasity Graham Velazquez; Joe Cornett, regional planner; Emily Williamson; Jolene Gurley, Kim Johnson and Latasha Smither.

  • CU president featured in August issue of Kentucky Monthly magazine

     

    Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter was featured in the August 2011 Back to Campus issue of Kentucky Monthly magazine.

    Presidents of Kentucky's colleges and universities shared their thoughts on the subject of "The Greatest Lesson I Ever Learned" for the special issue.

    Carter wrote of his belief that learning how to learn is the greatest lesson and the key to moving through the opportunities and challenges that come in life.

  • Local teachers attend Advanced Placement Summer Institute

    The Center for Gifted Studies recently hosted its annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute, which several local teachers attended.

    This summer, 502 teachers from 71 Kentucky school districts, 20 states and three countries participated in the weeklong institute at Western Kentucky University.

    Participants at the Advanced Placement Summer Institute included the following Taylor County High School teachers, Enrique Valdes, Karen McAnelly and Susan Dillery, all of Campbellsville, Dawn Flinchum of Elk Horn and Victoria Haydon Mackin of Lebanon.

  • Residents graduate from online Kaplan University program

    Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, celebrated the graduation of its summer 2011 class during a graduation ceremony on Aug. 6 at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.

    During her address, former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman spoke to the online graduates about the importance of education to workforce development and global competitiveness.

    The following students from Campbellsville were awarded degrees.

    Jennifer Brown was awarded a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

  • TCHS senior wins conservation scholarship

     

    Brandon Underwood, a Taylor County High School graduate, was recently announced as the recipient of the 2011 Taylor County Conservation District's $500 scholarship.

    Barry Smith, a supervisor of the Taylor County Conservation District, presented Underwood his award at class night in May.

    Underwood will be attending the Eastern Kentucky University this fall, majoring in wildlife production and management.

    He is the son of Paul and Judy Underwood of Campbellsville.

  • Campbellsville student named to Berea College dean's list

    Campbellsville resident Mariam Pourheydarian has been named to the spring 2011 dean's list at Berea College.

    A student who achieves a GPA of 3.2 or higher for a minimum course load equivalent to 16 semester hours is named to the dean's list.

    Berea is a non-denominational, liberal arts college that offers bachelor of arts degrees in 28 fields of study and bachelor of science degrees in agriculture and natural resources, business administration, technology and industrial arts and nursing.

  • Taylor County Band to distribute reflective house number signs as fundraiser

    Bonnie Childers, 911 Address Coordinator for Campbellsville and Taylor County, is teaming up with the Taylor County Marching Cardinals to offer large reflective address signs for homes and businesses.

    The band will receive half of the $15 charge for a two-sided reflective sign.

    "We prefer that people use at least 3-inch numbers that are reflective for visibility at night," Childers said. "Many people have only small numbers for mail and paper routes which aren't big enough for us to read at night.

  • Taylor County schools ranked top in the region for graduating students

    Shannon Clark

    Taylor County Schools

    A recent report from the Kentucky Department of Education shows that Taylor County School District tops the region in graduation rate percentage at 89.78 percent.

    Further, the district is in the Top 15 of the state's highest graduation rates among public school districts.