• Casey High Junior ROTC cadets complete course on Brush Creek farm

    Recently the Casey County High School Air Force Junior ROTC program completed a Leadership Land Navigation Course on the Jerald Emerson farm on Brush Creek.

    Eight soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard conducted operations which included classes in land-navigation, operating in hostile terrain, map reading, and use of the compass. Cadets were challenged to work as a team to achieve an objective, within time limits, according to JROTC instructor Sgt. Gary Emerson.

  • School district to test One Call system on Thursday

    The Casey County School Board will test its new “One Call” telephone notification system tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m.

    Parents of more than 2,400 students, as well as 500 staff members, will receive the calls.

    The notification system, adopted by the board in June, allows authorized school personnel to contact the entire district or small “subgroups” of students, teachers, or other staff to send a message.

  • Celebrating Red Ribbon Week

    About 340 children from Liberty Elementary School kicked off Red Ribbon Week Monday at the Village Green behind City Hall.

    The children, wearing red T-shirts with an anti-drug message, heard an anti-drug message from Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney and then released red balloons into the air as a pledge to say “no” to drugs.

    Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people each year, according to www.stopaddiction.com.

  • CCHS students lead effort to restock local food bank

    Due to the economic downturn and high gas prices, food banks that help the less fortunate are giving out more than they are taking in.

    And some local students want to do something to make sure that hungry people who go to the food bank in Liberty won’t go away with an empty sack or stomach.

    Students from four clubs at Casey County High School are leading a county-wide effort to collect non-perishable goods for the food bank in Liberty.

    The drive began Oct. 3 and goes through Nov.19.

  • School board approves final Walnut Hill construction payment

    It’s official. Except for three small repairs at Walnut Hill Elementary School, the construction of the building is finished.

    Final payment to D.W. Wilburn, Inc., of Lexington in the amount of $86, 973.36 was approved by the Casey County Board of Education in Monday night’s meeting at Liberty Elementary School. The school opened in August 2007, consolidating staff and students from Douglas Phelps and Phillips Elementary.

    In other action, the board:

  • Apple Festival Spelling Bee features 70 students

    Seventy elementary and middle school students competed for trophy awards in the annual Apple Festival Spelling Bee held in the Pork Producers building at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center on Friday.

    In order to be eligible to compete, students had to win a spelling bee in their homeroom (for public schools) or in their grade level group for home school or private schools.

  • Learning about the Constitution

    Walnut Hill Elementary celebrated the Constitution on Sept. 17 with some very famous guests visiting the classes and students.

    George Washington and Alexander Hamilton (Assistant Principal Judy Phillips and Abby Atwood) spoke to the students about writing the Constitution and the importance of democracy in America.

    Teachers used Encyclomedia, read books, and conducted other activities such as having students write essays about the most important freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

  • CCHS students make gains in CATS

    First, the bad news: Kentucky’s Council for Better Education, based on recent testing results, expressed grave concern that Kentucky’s schools are not on track to reach statewide proficiency goals by 2014, according to a press release from the council.

    Now, the good news: district-wide, Casey County school district’s adjusted index score improved to 79.4, an increase of 2.9 points over last year and 4.3 points higher than the year before.

    And even better news: Casey County High School is projected to meet the proficiency goal of 100 and above by 2014.

  • CCHS students to build another house

    Casey County High School students will once again help a low-income family realize the American dream of owning a home.

    The Casey County Board of Education, meeting Sept. 8 at Jones Park Elementary School, approved a request from teacher Garlen Whitis and his construction technology class to build during the school year a three-bedroom, two-bath home, at a cost of about $32,000. There is approximately $25,000 in a fund for this project.

  • Casey High juniors close to state average on mandatory ACT tests

    The results from last year’s ACT scores for high school juniors were released last week showing that Casey County High students’ scores are just under the state-wide average.

    Casey High’s average ACT composite was 17.6 while the state average ACT composite was 18.3.

    By law, all of Kentucky’s public school juniors now take the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.

    In spring 2008, the first year of the mandatory testing, nearly 43,000 public school juniors took the ACT.