District News

Get to know Director of Student Services Eric Allen Eric Allen

With school safety so important an issue, Eric Allen, LaRue County Schools’ new Director of Student Services, says the district is continuing to make changes that will help keep the district’s students and staff safer.

“We are in the process of implementing more electronic entryways at the middle school,” he noted. “We’re also continuously looking for ways to improve our security camera system.”

The district has contracted with two more mental health providers (ASTRA and E’Town Partners in Counseling) which, added to Communicare and Cumberland Family Healthcare, give the district four providers for all schools.

“This will give us an adequate amount of counselors and therapists in our buildings which is a mandate of Senate Bill 1 that goes into effect next school year,” said Allen. “We are also going to install a new intercom system in all of the buildings which will provide building-to-building communication as well as an emergency alert system, and we are looking hard at our physical space and coming up with ideas to make all of our buildings more secure.”

His findings will be included in the district’s strategic plan.

Junior Chef team takes runner-up at state finals LaRue County School Superintendent David Raleigh, Lorelai Sherrard, Amy Hammers, Coach Sheila Skaggs, Tori Perry, and Director of Food Services Stephanie Utley

The LaRue County Junior Chef team competed at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair again this past week, as the team had made their way through a field of 16 to advance to the final 4 of the Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef State Finals.

$60,000+ in grants enhances Early Childhood Education services Superintendent David Raleigh reads to children during Early Childhood School Readiness Day.

The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood awarded LaRue County Schools’ special education department a series of early childhood grants totaling over $60,000, Director of Special Education Dr. Rhonda Simpson recently announced.

LCS launching Work Ethic Certification program Work Ethic Certification Seal

From kindergartners to high school seniors, LaRue County Schools students will have an opportunity to develop and be recognized for their work ethic. The district is implementing a new Work Ethic Certification program in the 2019-20 school year to further prepare students for successful transitions to work and education after high school.

“This is all about helping our students develop the habits that lead to success,” said Amanda Reed. “We want all students to learn personal attributes like dependability and working well within a team.”

In addition, the program is designed to improve attendance, grades and students’ involvement in school, the community or the workforce. Students who complete the voluntary criteria each year will be recognized. Graduating seniors will earn special seals on their diplomas.

LaRue County Schools proposes 2019 tax rates Total Real Estate Tax Rates

Shortly after the start of the school year, all Kentucky school districts must determine local school tax rates. The LaRue County Schools Board of Education is considering proposed 2019 tax rates of 51 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and 51 cents per $100 of assessed value on personal property. 

The district is committed to keeping community members informed about our schools’ funding needs as well as how local taxes affect our schools. As an education provider, a resource for families, a major employer and a catalyst for preparing our youth for college and career, our school district is an asset to everyone in the LaRue County community.

District leadership, including our elected Board of Education members, need to know about the support and concerns of our community as well.

Community members are encouraged to find answers to common questions here. If you have additional questions, please contact the superintendent’s office at 270-358-4111 or your board representative.

The Board of Education will listen to public comments on the proposed tax rates at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the LaRue County High School media center. A special board of education meeting will follow, where the board is expected to vote on the 2019 tax rates.

Boone named interim principal at LaRue County Middle School Christina Boone

LaRue County Schools instructional supervisor Christina Boone has been selected as interim principal of LaRue County Middle School.

 

FFA Members Excel at State FFA Convention FFA Members Excel at State FFA Convention

The Kentucky Association of FFA held its 90th Annual State Convention on June 11-13, 2019, at Rupp Area in Lexington, Kentucky.  Fifteen members of the LaRue County FFA chapter attended the State FFA Convention this year, but several others were recognized for their previous accomplishments.

Shelia Skaggs Earns District's First Fred Award First Fred Award

“I believe my mission with the district is making sure that no child is hungry so they can learn,” said the Hodgenville Elementary School nutrition manager. “Just knowing I can make a difference in a child’s day gives me my greatest satisfaction.”

 

The School Safety and Resiliency Act/Impact on LaRue School Hallway

SB 1 will increase student safety in Kentucky schools by increasing students’ access to behavioral health services, fostering a supportive learning environment, and applying proven strategies to address physical safety. I applaud the bipartisan collaboration and teamwork displayed to allow this bill come to fruition. We can never do enough to make our students and staff safe.

Students find their ‘Sources of Strength’ Sources of Strength

On a recent Monday morning at LaRue County High School, as each student approached the main entrance, official greeters swung open the double doors and offered a cheerful “good morning.”  The day’s greeters, superintendent David Raleigh and Chris Price, the high school’s former assistant principal and current principal at Hodgenville Elementary School, earned smiles, nods and high fives.

LaRue County Students Win NCWIT Awards NCWIT Award

Five LaRue County High School students are recipients of National Center for Women and Information Technology awards.  Those students include senior Sarah Cooper, sophomores Jada Hunter-Hays and Katherine Massie, and freshmen Audrey Engle and Giselle Adams.  The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.

On Educating LaRue - Interactive Hall of Fame LCHS students who have developed an interactive “Hall of Fame” program accessible online are, from left, T.J. Reip, Tristen Locke, Biven Turner, and Gavin Whitehouse.

On entering a doctor’s office the other day, I came across a former high school student of mine whose last name I just could not pull up from memory. Paula (I saw that name on her jacket) remembered me even though at least 35 years had passed since she was my student. Once I returned home, with her last name still not popping into focus in my mind, I sought the help of a website that Jorge Venegas’s students at LaRue County High School with athletic director David Dawson, have developed that gave me what I was looking for in a nanosecond.

JOB SHADOW: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT / Hunter Howell HUNTER HOWELL

LaRue County Schools is piloting a new program to empower students to strengthen their college and career plans and make more successful transitions to life after high school. All high school students will engage in six hours of job shadowing by March 29 to learn about potential careers. To showcase the benefits of job shadowing, we’re sharing the experiences of LCHS students.

LaRue County celebrates Lacy Hatfield Lacy Hatfield

Award sponsors, district staff, and students honored Lacy Hatfield as the 2019 LaRue County Schools LG&E-KU and WHAS-TV Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership (ExCEL) Award winner February 6 at Hodgenville Elementary School.

JOB SHADOW: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT / Clay Cecil Clay Cecil

LaRue County Schools is piloting a new program to empower students to strengthen their college and career plans and make more successful transitions to life after high school. All high school students will engage in six hours of job shadowing by March 29 to learn about potential careers. To showcase the benefits of job shadowing, we’re sharing the experiences of LCHS students. 

LCHS Students Complete State Registered Nursing Assistant Program Nursing Students

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state registered nursing assistant positions are estimated to grow 21 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Approximately 321,200 new jobs will be created during this period, making state registered nursing assistant certification even more useful.

JOB SHADOW: STUDENT SPOTLIGHT / Jake Walters JAKE WALTERS

LaRue County Schools is piloting a new program to empower students to strengthen their college and career plans and make more successful transitions to life after high school. All high school students will engage in six hours of job shadowing by March 29 to learn about potential careers. To showcase the benefits of job shadowing, we’re sharing the experiences of LCHS students.

Wall of Fame Wall of Fame

Anyone attending an event in LaRue County High School’s gymnasium may have noticed a 55-inch television monitor upon entering.

Thanks to the efforts of LCHS Athletic Director David Dawson, the school’s Hall of Fame Committee, and Jorge Venegas’s technology students, that one piece of hardware allows visitors, through a mere touch, to access the history of LCHS athletics.

Hep A Vaccinations: Mission Accomplished Hep A Compliance

As far as LaRue County Schools’ 2300-plus students being in compliance with state-required hepatitis A immunizations, it’s “mission accomplished” according to Rip Collins, the district’s director of pupil personnel.