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Education

  • 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.

  • Math teacher offers students education abroad

    Jennings Barnett, a math teacher at the Christian Academy of Lawrencebug, said sometimes the best education a person can get is outside the confines of a classroom. It is for this reason he has designed an educational trip to Costa Rica that is open to all students in Anderson County.

    The trip will consist of eight days and six nights and the group will travel around central Costa Rica taking in the sights and guided tours with experienced guides.

  • A super start to a first day of kindergarten

    “Look, momma, Superman!” exclaimed one five-year-old this morning as he walked with his mother to the entrance of the Ezra Sparrow Early Childhood Learning Center for his first day as a kindergartener.

    The young boy was describing the bright blue Superman-style ‘S’ on the t-shirts of the smiling teachers and staff who were there to greet students and parents this morning.

  • Ward Elementary unveils new 21st Century library

    When students return to Emma B. Ward Elementary on Wednesday morning, they may notice their school’s library looks a little different. It still has books, but this library is far from traditional.

    Over the summer, contractors renovated the library into what school officials call a 21st Century learning space.

    Gone are the large, hulking shelves crowded with stacks of books and organized rows of desks topped with desktop computers. Instead, the space is open and completely transformable.

  • School board OKs stiffer penalties for truancy

    Thanks to an approved change in the district’s code of conduct manual for the 2015-2016 year, parents or guardians of habitually truant students could face a charge of educational neglect if students continue to remain absent from school.

    Anderson County Schools Director of Student Services Derek Shouse requested the board approve the change last Monday night as another option the school system can implement to prevent chronic absenteeism.

  • Two attend KFB Institute

    Anderson County high school juniors Adam Sanderson and Chance Wayne recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL).

    Sanderson, Wayne and 44 other high school students from around the state attended the five-day summer leadership conference, held June 21-25 at the University of Kentucky.

    An identical IFAL conference was also held June 14-18 at Murray State University for an additional 48 students.

  • Carpenter selected as Governor’s Scholar

    Brooke Carpenter, a junior at Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg and a daughter of Dale and Melissa Carpenter, has been selected to participate in the 2015 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar program this summer. Carpenter was one of nearly 1,000 students in Kentucky selected from a rigorous application process.

    Only students with exceptional grades, high ACT scores, outstanding character, community involvement, and expressive written and verbal communication skills were considered.

  • EKU announces grads, honor students

    Eastern Kentucky University conferred three advanced degrees and eight baccalaureate degrees to 11 local students at the conclusion of the spring 2015 semester.

    Courtlyn A. Adams, MAED School Counseling

    Markus M. Brown, BS Criminal Justice

    Daniel Carlisle Goodlett, BS Criminal Justice

    Amanda M. Gritton, MAED Instructional Leadership

    Angel Dawn Hudson, BS Criminal Justice

    Gina Marie Lee, BSN Nursing

    Garrett Daniel Makowski, BA History Cum Laude

    Steven Paul Marraccini, BA History

  • Students participate in Barr’s youth program

    Congressman Andy Barr’s Youth Ambassador Program has come to a close for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Over 120 high school juniors and seniors from all 19 counties across the Sixth Congressional District participated in the leadership development program’s inaugural year.


    Local students participating included Chayse Abrams, a junior at Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, and Hannah Wampler, a senior at Anderson County High School.