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Special-called meeting to approve dropout age policy

By The Staff

The school board approved a first reading of numerous policy and procedure updates, including an increase in dropout age policy.
The board approved a first reading of a policy update that would increase the required age of enrollment from 16 to 18 by the 2015-2016 school year. The policy would become mandatory anyway if 55 percent of Kentucky school districts approved the increase in the dropout age, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said.


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Regional Training Center relocated to Saffell Street

The Regional Training Center, formerly located in the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg facility, has relocated to Saffell Street Elementary, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell informed the board during her Superintendent’s Report Monday night.
The Regional Training Center had operated out of the Early Childhood Center building (which later was sold to the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg in 2012), for the last 17 years.


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Board says no to French option, electives for Phoenix Academy

The board denied Superintendent Sheila Mitchell’s increase request for a total $15,975 for the Novel Stars contract renewal and upgrade.
The increase included updates in elective curriculum for the Phoenix Academy and online French and other foreign language options for the high school, including Advanced Placement classes, Mitchell said.
“I just don’t think we have room in the budget to make addition after addition after addition,” McDowell said.
“We can’t be spending more when revenues aren’t going up.”


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Anderson County alum graduates from Murray State

By The Staff

Matthew Drury graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murray State University on May 11 with a bachelor of arts degree.
The day before, he was awarded the outstanding senior in criminal justice plaque, according to a press release, and the award is presented to the criminal justice senior who exemplifies academic excellence. The student’s name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque displayed in the department.
Matthew is a 2003 graduate of Anderson County High School and is the son of Connie and Nancy Drury and husband Hongyue Wang.


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McDowell laments more spending for cop’s salary

Board increases share of pay for resource officer

By Meaghan Downs

The school district will spend a little more to keep a school resource officer in Anderson County High School for the upcoming school year.
School board president James Sargent cast the tie-breaking vote Monday night to pay about $36,000 in a salary reimbursement increase agreement with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.


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4-H program teaches children about rockets

Up, up, and away!

By Bria Granville
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As part of its 4-H summer fun program, the Anderson County extension office held a rocketry adventures class last Friday for children 9 and older.
Students were taught simple physics and aero science before putting their knowledge to work to create bottle rockets, which they launched later in the day.  
Each student could individualize his or her own rocket once they were given simple materials that included duct tape, 2-liter bottles and sand to weigh the bottle down.


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Education briefs: 6-19-13

ACHS  alumna earns
 law degree
Shana Bowen, a 2006 Anderson County High School graduate, recently graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Ala., earning her Juris Doctorate degree.
Upon graduation Bowen was inducted into the Public Interest Law Society and awarded the Merit of Pro Bono achievement for her volunteer work in the legal community, according to a press release. She was the president of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and was an active board member for the Women’s Legal Society and Student Bar Association.


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Teachers voice opinions about working conditions in state survey

By Meaghan Downs

Anderson County teachers love where they work, according to a statewide survey that asks staff to comment anonymously on their district’s teaching conditions.
The Kentucky Department of Education released survey results of the New Teacher Center’s Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky survey last Wednesday.
About 90.57 percent of Anderson County teachers — 240 out of 265 educators —completed the spring 2013 survey compared to the state’s 86.86 percent, according to the TELL survey website.


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Christian Academy celebrates high school, kindergarten graduations


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School district recognizes perfect attendance achievements

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The following Anderson County students received perfect attendance, zero tardies and zero absences, for the 2012-2013 school year.
This list does not include those students who were present everyday, but may have signed in or out for an appointment, according to Director of Student Services Derek Shouse.

Anderson County High School


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