• Cooper earns master’s degree

    Kelly Wesley Cooper received her master’s degree in corrections and juvenile justice studies from Eastern Kentucky University in June.

    Cooper, 28, graduated from Casey County High School in 1999 and attended Somerset Community College that fall. She transferred to Union College, receiving both an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship in softball. She graduated from Union in 2003, majoring in psychology, sociology and criminal justice with a minor in political science.

  • Price is new assessments coordinator

    Casey County Middle School is looking for a new principal as Terry Price has been named the district’s new assessment coordinator.

    Superintendent Linda Hatter announced Tuesday that Price, a 24-year veteran, will move into Marcenia Brown’s position upon Brown’s retirement at the end of the month.

    Hatter said it is imperative to have someone come on board immediately to handle this important position of student assessment. Hatter said Price will spend the next two weeks in training with Brown.

  • Key school personnel retiring within next two weeks

    Marcenia Brown and Sandra Wolford, whose combined educational careers span 65 years, will retire from the Casey County Board of Education Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, respectively.

    Brown currently wears many hats with the district including Assessment, English as a Second Language, Extended School services and Title I Coordinator, among others.

  • Intervention measures under way to improve test scores

    Casey County students are barely into the new school year and school administrators and teachers are already doing what they will do all year — evaluating students’ performance in the classroom and instituting intervention measures for improvement.

    Tests results are in from last year and school officials are examining what’s good about the scores and where intervention will be required to help students whose work is not up to par.

    The results of the non-mandated tests taken by last year’s students in grades 1, 3 and 6 were released last week.

  • SCC Casey Center open house is Thursday

    The Casey Center of Somerset Community College will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. 

    According to Judy Sapp, the Casey Center Director, the purpose of the open house will be to help students get everything set up prior to their first class.

    Sapp said the staff of the Casey Center will help students to set up their college e-mail addresses and help them learn how to access Peoplesoft, where they can check their grades and other important information.

  • Wethington graduates from Rogers Scholars

    Sarai Wethington, 16, a junior at Casey County High School, graduated from the second class of The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program— Rogers Scholars—in July.

    As a Rogers Scholar graduate, Wethington, the daughter of Tim and Sandy Wethington of Liberty, said she plans to become more involved in community service projects in her home community.

  • They're Baaaack!

    Another school year got under way Aug. 5 for the 2,302 students enrolled in the Casey County school system. As is normal on a first day of school, there were tears, fears, smiles, excitement and a sense of “old hat” for the more experienced students.

    According to school district's central office, enrollments for the 2009-10 school year include: Liberty Elementary, 326; Walnut Hill Elementary, 458; Jones Park Elementary, 468; Casey County Middle School, 344; and Casey County High School, 706.

  • Patten to be SRO at Casey High

    Liberty Police Officer Kerry Patten will serve as the School Resource Officer at Casey County High School for the 2009-10 school year, Liberty Police Chief Steven Garrett said.

    Duties of the SRO for the end of the previous year had been divided among several LPD officers, after the May 16 departure of Officer Richie Francioni.

    Controversy arose earlier this year when the Liberty City Council announced it would no longer fund a portion of the SRO’s salary.

  • Casey native takes over as head of Boyle school system

    A former teacher and administrator with extensive experience will begin the new school year as Superintendent of the Boyle County School District.

    Casey County native Mike LaFavers, 41, takes the reins of a high performing district that includes three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

    Except for the two years he taught in Garrard County, LaFavers’ education career has been in Boyle County — nine years in the classroom, four years as principal at Boyle Middle School and one year as assistant superintendent.

  • Eight educators retire from Casey County schools

    Eight Casey County educators will not be returning to the classroom when a new school year begins next week.

    Instead, they are looking forward to retirement and were honored at a June 9 banquet.

    Besides Shirley Coffman, Beverly King and Wanda Monday, who are featured here, also retiring were Mike Brown, Brenda May, C.J. Bell, Patty Emerson and Joyce Goodlett.

    Shirley Coffman

    Shirley Coffman, who lives on Shady Hill Drive in Liberty, is married to David Coffman. They have two children, Byron and Jennifer.