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Fayette County Public Schools selects new principals for three district elementary schools

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced new principals have been selected for three elementary schools, leaving just one school leadership post open in the district. The new principals are: · John Moore, new principal of Ashland Elementary School · Michael Jones, new principal of Mary Todd Elementary School · Ebony Hutchinson, new principal...

Georgetown College science faculty tests classroom ventilation in preparation for upcoming fall semester

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the campus community at Georgetown College has pulled together in extraordinary ways, with faculty, staff, coaches and students all using their unique talents to improve the college and finish the semester strong. Now, as the college prepares for the fall, the work continues to ensure a great fall semester on campus. Professor of Biology Dr. Tracy Livingston, Professor...

Open letter to Fayette County Public School families from Superintendent Manny Caulk

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Clark writes this open letter to school families: A broad-based committee of students, families, teachers, health officials, principals and district leaders has been working for months to develop plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the spread of COVID-19 in our community remains a constantly changing situation, you can be certain that our...

Chicago native Johnnie Johnson named Transylvania’s vice president for admissions

Transylvania University has named Johnnie Johnson as its vice president for admissions effective immediately. Johnson has served as the interim vice president for enrollment since July 2019. “Over the last year, Transylvania has been fortunate to have Johnnie Johnson at the helm of its student recruitment efforts,” said President John N. Williams. “His experience in admissions at Transylvania,...

Campbellsville University Schools of Cosmetology and Barbering now open for haircuts, styles, perms

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s Schools of Cosmetology and Barbering have now reopened to the public, according to Amanda Roop, director of the School of Cosmetology/Barbering. On May 26, Campbellsville welcomed its School of Cosmetology and School of Barbering students back to campus to prepare for the reopening of both facilities, Roop said, and the School...

Transylvania names national expert as new VP for strategic initiatives and enrollment management

Sarah Coen, a national expert on enrollment and student success, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for strategic initiatives and enrollment management. Coen, who served as dean of enrollment at Transylvania from 1999-2006, returns to the university after working for the last 10 years as senior vice president at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a national higher education consulting...

Fayette County Public Schools to begin phased-in return for outdoor athletics on June 29

Fayette County Public Schools will begin a phased-in return for outdoor athletics and extra-curricular activities on June 29. Practice will resume for fall sports at the high school level (cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer and volleyball) on June 29, followed by middle school sports and other high school sports on July 6. Manny Caulk“Nothing is more important than the safety...

UK Board of Trustees extends President Eli Capilouto’s employment agreement by three years

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees last week approved a three-year extension of UK President Eli Capilouto’s employment agreement. The extension, detailed in a brief amended agreement to his existing employment agreement, continues Capilouto’s term to 2023-24. Capilouto’s current employment agreement and previous amendments can be found at www.uky.edu. “The past nine years have been...

UK action plan to address gaps in opportunity, access for Black students, communities of color

The University of Kentucky on Friday announced the first steps of what will be a comprehensive plan, designed to accelerate progress at UK for diversity across campus. “In many ways recently, we have made progress — educating and graduating more Black students and underrepresented students than at any time in our history. But we must also continue to confront the fact that much of that history...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves plans to forgo tuition hikes at five state universities

Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved Friday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses are on track for one of the smallest average increases in tuition in decades, although rates at three state universities remain pending. While the...

Three Kentucky schools receive $100,000 fitness centers as part of DON’T QUIT! campaign

Gov. Andy Beshear and Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced the three Kentucky schools that were selected to each receive a state-of-the-art $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center. The multimillion-dollar DON’T QUIT! campaign has named Stuart Academy/Frost Sixth-Grade Academy in Louisville (Jefferson County Public Schools), Hiseville Elementary...

Georgetown College prepares students to pursue careers in healthcare with close-knit supervision

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of healthcare workers has been on full display. These local heroes have sacrificed their own safety and health while working tirelessly to ensure the comfort and health of so many, including family members and friends. Georgetown College takes great pride in preparing students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare, but that preparation goes beyond simple...

Kentucky education groups kick off FAFSA Fridays campaign to raise awareness about federal aid

Kentucky colleges and universities along with key leaders in education launched a new public awareness campaign – called FAFSA Fridays – to remind students about the importance of applying for federal assistance this summer. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form, provides high school seniors, parents, college students and adult learners with a vital opportunity to access financial...

UK restart playbook begins and ends classes early, includes robust plan for testing, screening, tracing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky on Tuesday released the pillars of its restart plan for the fall, which makes clear a commitment to returning to a residential campus experience in August: -In-person classes beginning a week early on Aug. 17 and end at Thanksgiving. -Testing for students for COVID-19, daily assessment for symptoms and mask-wearing in most places on campus. -Working...

Kentucky Department of Education seeking family input on support needed due to COVID-19 crisis

In preparation for the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) would like to better understand families’ and caregivers’ experiences with distance learning last school year due to COVID-19. KDE is seeking input from families across the state in a brief survey on the challenges they experienced during the implementation of non-traditional instruction...

Transylvania University returning to in-person classes, residential housing for fall semester

Transylvania University President John N. Williams and President-Designate Brien Lewis announced the college’s fall 2020 reopening plan, Healthy at Transy, on Friday. Below is an excerpt of a statement to the university community: “Throughout Transylvania’s long history, our institution has been required to be resilient and even reinvent itself to meet the challenges of changing times. As...

KCTCS Board of Regents adopts new budget, reappoints Gail Henson as chair for one-year term

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents adopted the 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget of $922,900,000 during their quarterly board meeting. The budget is designed to address the increases in fixed costs and to provide safeguards against possible decreases in revenue and increases in expenses due to any future impact of COVID-19. As a part of the FY 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget,...

UK helps teens develop life skills with ‘Adulting 101’ online course; new program begins June 16

By Seth Riker University of Kentucky Does babysitting belong on a resume? Can healthy meals come from a box? How do credit cards work? Such questions are common for high school students, and the University of Kentucky is providing answers with a new online program. This summer, UK is launching “Adulting 101,” an online life skills course for teenagers. Over the course of eight weeks,...

Fayette County Public Schools announces new principals for Bryan Station, Morton Middle School

New principals have been selected for Bryan Station High School and Morton Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced, welcoming one leader from another district and celebrating another on her leadership advancement in FCPS. Named were: • Eric Hale, new principal of Bryan Station High School • Twanjua Jones, new principal of Morton Middle School Each of them...

KDE releases guidance on alternative learning strategies for reopening schools this fall

The Kentucky Department of Education released guidance Monday on ways to safely structure instruction and learning when schools reopen in the fall. The document, “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Alternative Learning Design Strategies,” explores a variety of learning and instruction models for districts to consider that prioritize safety during the pandemic, along with learning progression....