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Anderson’s test scores lag being state, national average

3 in 10 juniors meet ACT reading standard

By Meaghan Downs

Anderson County high school has remained consistent in its ACT composite score ranking for the third year in a row, but its 2011 ACT results for juniors still remain below state and national averages.
ACT composite scores for Anderson County have stayed at 18.3 for the past three years, below national (21.1) and state composite scores (18.8).
School districts in surrounding counties such as Franklin (19), Spencer (18.7) and Shelby (18.7) reported higher composite scores.


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iPads bring schools into 21st century

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So long, chalkboard. Hello, iPad.
As Anderson County Public Schools integrate new technology and a new Wi-Fi network into their lesson plans and curriculum, teachers and administrators expressed their hopes to translate traditional classroom learning into 21st century methods.


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Education briefs: 8-17-11

By The Staff

Student wins trip to St. Louis
Lance Terrell, a home schooled student from Anderson County, received a High School Leader star provided by an engraving company and a trip to St. Louis to attend a Town  Meeting on Tomorrow at the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership 2011 Youth Salute at Eastern Kentucky University on May 15. Terrell’s trip to St. Louis was valued at $500.


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Board OKs student fees, will seek alternatives

School board keeps property tax rate the same for third year

By Meaghan Downs

The Anderson County Board of Education voted Monday to keep its property tax rate at $5.52 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2012.
This is the third year in a row the board has voted to maintain the same tax rate.
According to information collected from the PVA office, the schools’ tax revenue in 2011 totaled about $7.906 million.
Although the board of education voted for the same tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year, the schools’ tax revenue will increase for 2012 to $7.953 million, an additional $47,000.


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FFA students reflect on busy summer of leadership training

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By Meaghan Downs
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FFA students from Anderson County High School know what they did this summer.
They saved a Lexington stream bed from a wild wall of invasive honeysuckle.
They trusted the waiting arms of other FFA leaders during a trust fall exercise at camp and packed more than 55,000 meals for the hungry in Washington, D.C.
And according to the local students and advisers involved in FFA, they’re ready to take what they’ve learned and give back to their chapter, their school and their community.


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Site based council alters restrictions for students who don’t pay

Fees dropped for reduced lunch students

By Meaghan Downs

Reduced lunch students can cross instructional fees off their back-to-school lists.
The site-based council of Anderson County High School voted unanimously Aug. 4 to drop the $25 instructional fee for reduced lunch students.
“Long story short, we weren’t right in doing that back then,” principal Ronnie Fields said in Thursday afternoon’s meeting.


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High school teacher collaborates on classroom memorial

By Meaghan Downs

It began with a rotor blade.
Steven McKaig, technology education instructor at Anderson County High School, said his original intent wasn’t to create a memorial in his classroom.
He had been talking with student Caleb Tiedi about their mutual interest in military aircraft, and Tiedi offered to talk to his father, who possessed a decommissioned helicopter main rotor blade from a Kiowa OH56 Army utility helicopter.


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2011-2012 Supply List: Anderson County Middle School

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2011-2012 Supply Lists: Emma B. Ward Elementary

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