• Casey County student wins state art award

    By winning a statewide art contest, one local eighth-grader has inspired her fellow art students at Casey County Middle School.
    Abigail “Abby” Hood, 13, won first place in the middle school category of the statewide 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Visual Art Contest.
    “Abby’s win has brought about a new self-confidence in my students,” said Tara Farmer, art teacher at CCMS.
    Abby was happy to represent Casey County with the win.

  • KDE now recognizes JROTC as a career pathway

    The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) recently recognized the JROTC program as a viable career pathway.
    Starting this school year, the Certificate of Completion awarded through the program will carry more weight, said Master Sgt. Gary Emerson, aerospace science instructor with Casey County High School Air Force JROTC.
    “We’ve been awarding Certificates of Completion,” Emerson said. “What this change designates is simply that with the certificate, students received advanced career training — they put teeth into our program.”

  • Casey County school board gets FY14 draft budget

    In times of broadening economic turmoil, preparing a budget for a school district is always a challenging endeavor. And the new draft budget for Fiscal Year 2014 for the Casey County School District is no exception.
    Deena Randolph, Director of District Wide Services, told Casey County Board of Education members on Jan. 14 that the FY14 budget appropriation total is virtually unchanged — down about $500,000 — from this year’s budget appropriation of $20.5 million.

  • School board audit faultless

    Casey County School Board members heard Dec. 10 that the handling of the district’s finances — by district staff and faculty and staff from the five schools — is a model of excellence and one of the finest in the state.
    Artie White, of White and Associates of Richmond, conducted the annual audit for the financial year which ended June 30.
    White said there were no findings from the prior year which indicates that the district’s financial performance was faultless.

  • Cross Country has a good unofficial start to season

    By Rita “Peat” Harris
    Sports Correspondent
    The boys and girls cross country team had an unofficial start to their season as they competed in the Bluegrass State Games at Masterson Station Park in Lexington on Aug. 18.
    “It was a good day and I think they all really enjoyed it,” Coach Amanda Hatter said, adding that Masterson Station’s course is where the middle school state event will be held at the end of the season.

  • Local students learn business at conference

    Two seniors in the Area Technology Center at Casey County High School spent part of their summer learning NICE principles. Not only how to be get along with others but also learning business principles and leadership skills.
    Cody Lewallen and Logan Soule attended the National Institute on Cooperative Education (NICE) conference at Virginia Tech University from July 28 to Aug. 1. The program is promoted through local 4-H programs, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, and the American Private Enterprise Youth Program.

  • Title I funds important to local schools

    By Larry Rowell
    Staff Writer

    Federal monies which come to the Casey County School District based on the percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunches provide needed services to students, Assessment Coordinator Terry Price told board of education members on July 9.
    Price said the district — based on 71 percent of students who are on free and reduced — should receive about $1.29 million for the 2012-13 school year. Every school in the district fits the Title I classification with the exception of Casey County High School.

  • Lee assumes new position with Casey County school district

    When school bells ring for students at Casey County High School on Aug. 8, a familiar face won’t be there to greet them.
    Principal Barry Lee has resigned that position after five years to become the Director of Special Education and Preschool Services at the Casey School District Office.
    Lee replaces Tishana Cundiff, who retires the end of this month after more than 31 years in education.
    Superintendent Linda Hatter said that she’s excited and pleased that Lee will be serving in this capacity.

  • Liberty Elementary to get new heating/cooling system

    If everything goes according to schedule, Liberty Elementary School students and teachers will attend school beginning in January in climate-controlled comfort.
    Casey County Board of Education members learned at Monday night’s meeting that bids for the $127,000 project should be opened on July 13 with work commencing Aug. 8, said John Newman, an engineer with Clotfelter-Samokar in Lexington.
    According to District Maintenance Director Dale Sellers, contractors will replace the old boiler unit used to heat the building.

  • Casey schools weekly breakfast and lunch menus Jan. 11-17

    Elementary &
    Middle School
    Wednesday, Jan. 11 — Cinnamon roll, cereal or ham biscuit, fruit or juice.
    Thursday, Jan. 12 — Bacon, egg, cheese biscuit or mini pancakes, peaches or juice.
    Friday, Jan. 13 — Gravy and biscuit, sausage or breakfast pizza, fruit or juice.
    Monday, Jan. 16 — No school. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
    Tuesday, Jan. 17 — Hash brown, toast, scrambled eggs or pancakes and syrup, fruit or juice.