At least ninety-six Kentucky school districts have now raised their minimum dropout age to 18, meaning the remaining districts have four years to implement a plan to do the same.
Two weeks ago, state education leaders launched “Blitz to 96” – an effort to get 96 school districts to adopt the higher compulsory attendance age as soon as possible. June 25 was the first day local boards of education could adopt the “Graduate Kentucky” standard; within the first 48 hours, 58 districts had voted to implement the policy and within the first week, 75 districts had done so.
Christian County was among the first 20 to make the move and the Trigg, Logan, Hopkins and Dawson Springs districts were also among the first 96.
Planning grants of $10,000 are being provided through the Kentucky Department of Education to the first 96 school districts that joined the effort to reach the 55 percent threshold. The funds are designed to be used to plan for full implementation of the policy in the 2015-16 school year.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear issued a statement praising districts for taking the initiative, saying, “The effort speaks so highly of the dedicated school boards, administrators, parents, teachers and communities who have made high school graduation a top priority for our students.”
The future still remains uncertain for Lacy Elementary School, but the building's interim principal says he's only focused on educating students this year.
Retired Todd County School System Superintendent Mike Kenner was contacted by the Christian County district office when it became clear Lacy would remain open and would need a principal after Christopher Bentzel left to take the principal position at Christian County Middle.
Kenner says he's spent a majority of his time so far interviewing and hiring staff to prepare for the upcoming school year.
The School Board and District Office personnel have tough decisions to make about possible closure of Lacy and other schools in the future, but Kenner says he will only concern himself with giving students the best education possible while he is there.
Kenner brings 33 years of experience in education to the job. The first day of school in Christian County is August 14.
Kentucky State Police released more information concerning a three-vehicle wreck that happened in Todd County this morning on U.S. 79, just north of Guthrie.
State Police say the wreck involved 59-year oldGregory Meachem of Russellville, 61-year old Jan Musslewhite of Bowling Green and 31-year old Robert Thurston of Russellville.
Preliminary investigation conducted by state police indicates that Thurston saw Meachem’s stopped vehicle in the roadway and applied his brakes and as a result, his vehicle drifted into the southbound lane where it struck Meachem’s vehicle and the impact forced Meachem’s vehicle into Musslewhite’s vehicle.
Meachem was transported by ambulance to Logan County Memorial Hospital for treatment, while Thurston sustained minor injuries, but was not transported and Musslewhite and her passenger, 70-year old William Musslewhite of Bowling Green went uninjured in the wreck with police saying all occupants of the vehicles were wearing seatbelts.
K-S-P was assisted on the scene by the Todd County Sheriff’s Department, the Guthrie Fire Department, and Todd County Rescue/E-M-S.
A Trenton man was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges following a wreck in Pembroke.
The Sheriff's Office report says 20-year old Jared Plew of Trenton was involved in a wreck around 11:30 Friday night on East Nashville Street in Pembroke. Plew reportedly told police he had taken his uncle's vehicle in Trenton without his permission.
Deputy Kacy Greene writes Plew's eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. Plew allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana prior to driving and a prescription muscle relaxer was reportedly found in his wallet.
After being taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center following the wreck, he allegedly became combative when being told he would be arrested and made threats to Deputy Greene.
He was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of a controlled substance, failure to maintain insurance, driving without a license, disorderly conduct, menacing, terroristic threatening and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Plew's uncle reportedly said he'd also be pressing charges for the alleged theft in Todd County.
CSX has requested permission from the federal government to build a rail inspection yard in the Casky area of Christian County.
A public notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says CSX considered seven locations as options and only found the Casky and Trenton sites as viable.
Once complete, the yard would consist of a series of railroad tracks parallel to the mainline track to be used for storing and sorting freight railroad cars. The railyard would consist of approximately 10 inspection tracks spaced on 30-foot track centers, four support tracks spaced on 14-foot centers, one four-car repair track and associated train shed, a “Y” track, a lead through the railyard limits and a runaround.
CSX needed 300 acres of land in an area where the environment wouldn't be significantly damaged and where very few road crossings are present. The railroad company plans to use a 60-foot culvert extension for construction, but will not cause any extreme impacts to waterways.
Other locations considered were Crofton, Earlington, Morton's Gap and the north side of Hopkinsville.