• Students prep for spelling bee

    From staff reports

    The annual district-wide spelling bee is scheduled for Nov. 18-19, featuring top finishers from the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg and the county’s public school students.

    First graders will kick off the bee at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 18, followed by second graders at 9:15, third graders and 10:15 and fourth graders at 11:15.

    Fifth graders will go first Nov. 19 at 8:15 a.m., followed by sixth, seventh and eighth graders at 9:15.

  • Enrollment in school district continues to shrink

    Enrollment in the county’s public school system continues to decline, leaving school officials looking for answers.

    The district this year has 3,684 enrolled students, down 84 from the previous year and 183 from the district’s peak year in 2008-09.

    That’s a decline of nearly 5 percent

    Figuring out exactly why enrollment is declining in a county that US Census figures in 2010 predicted would continue to grow is a challenge, according to Derek Shouse, the district’s director of student services.

  • Wilkerson named school finance officer

    David Wilkerson, currently serving as controller at Berea College, has been named finance officer of Anderson County Schools, according to a news release from the district. He returns to the same position he held from 1999-2002.

    Wilkerson will return to the local school system on Nov. 9.

    Wilkerson holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is also a certified public accountant, according to the release.

  • School district hosts regional event
  • Help select next Miss ACHS

    The next Miss Anderson County High School will be crowned Sunday, Sept. 20, and everyone can now have a say in who wins.

    The event this year will feature the new People’s Choice Awards, organizer said, which allows those who attend to place a vote.

    The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

    The public is welcome to come out and support “some of Anderson County’s brightest young ladies,” organizers said in a news release.

  • A crash course about DUI

    Jordan Burleson ran over several traffic cones but knew the damage he caused could have been worse.

    Much worse.

    “I could have caused all kinds of damage or even hurt people,” Burleson said. “One day when I have kids, I’m going to tell them not to drink and drive.”

  • ECC launches new learning programs

    The Ezra B. Sparrow Early Childhood Center in Lawrenceburg is one of 11 statewide launching new early childhood learning programs this fall with funding from Toyota manufacturing operations in Kentucky and United Way of the Bluegrass.

    A series of workshops at Sparrow Early Childhood Center about the program are free and include a meal for participating families to enjoy together. Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sparrow Early Childhood Center, 1154 N. Bypass, on the following dates:

    Thursday, Sept. 17

    Thursday, Oct. 22

  • Lemonade War at Emma B.

    War broke out in earnest last Friday afternoon at Emma B. Ward Elementary School — a lemonade war, to be exact.
    Fresh off their summer assignment to read a book titled The Lemonade War, fifth grade reaching teacher Lisa Hudson’s students used what they learned in the book to not only figure out how to best sell lemonade, but how to effectively market it, draw the biggest crowds and earn the most money.

  • No desk, no problem

    As you walk into Mrs. Crystal Darnell’s brightly colored classroom, you will quickly notice that something is amiss.

    There are no desks.

    Well that’s not entirely accurate, there are about three traditional school desks scattered around the classroom. The rest is a hodge-podge of couches, stools, cushioned crates and stylish Adirondack chairs surrounded by plush carpets and pillows.

  • High school, kindergarten enrollment declines

    School traffic might be a little easier to navigate this year if early attendance numbers are any indication.

    According to information provided by school officials, early enrollment figures show a slight drop in enrollment for Anderson County schools.

    The most significant decrease in enrollment numbers is within kindergarten and high school, said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    Kindergarten enrollment is down by 39 students and the high school is short by 37 students compared to last year’s attendance records.