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Eastern Kentucky lags significantly behind rest of Kentucky and nation in census response

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky is significantly lagging the state and other parts of the nation in responding to the U.S. Census which will determine future federal funding as well as representation in federal and state legislative seats. According to data filed by the U.S. Census on April 7 the 5th Congressional District representing eastern Kentucky response rate as only 34.9%...

Federal free and reduced-price meal program available to eligible Fayette County students

Students from households whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program. Fayette County Public Schools participates in the state’s direct certification, in which agencies provide lists of pre-qualified students. Households who are notified that their students have been directly certified do not need to complete an application. But if a...

Montgomery Co. school board to offer all its elementary, early learning students free meals

In a microcosm of discussions taking place all over Kentucky and much of America, a divided Montgomery County Board of Education decided recently to offer free meals to all children in the county’s elementary schools and its Early Learning Center.   By another 3-2 vote, the board defeated a motion to offer free meals at those schools and the county’s intermediate school, one of the...

School lunchtime anything but typical at
The Lexington School, thanks to Chef Ryan

The meals in Chef Ryan Laudenschlager’s cafeteria at The Lexington School are made from scratch and contain no processed foods. The students 'think it's all pretty cool,' he says. (Photo provided by The Lexington School)   By Beth Dotson Brown KyForward contributor   Peeling 200 pounds of potatoes requires many hands and a considerable amount of time, but that’s one of the tasks on mashed...