Eighth and 10th graders in the Christian County School System performed well overall on standardized tests last school year designed to measure their college and career readiness.
The bright spots were Hopkinsville High and Hopkinsville Middle Schools, though other schools also saw significant improvements.
On the “PLAN” A-C-T preparation exam, Hopkinsville High School improved in English, Math and Science. They took a tenth of a point drop in reading. Overall, the exam predicted the average 10th grader at Hopkinsville High would score a 17.2 on the ACT, which is up from an even 17 the previous year.
Christian County High saw improvements in every area but Science, and the composite score for 10th graders there was 16.5—up three tenths from the previous year.
Ten mostly southern states take part in “PLAN” testing and the average among those was 17.2—the same as Hopkinsville High and slightly higher than Christian County.
District Assessment Coordinator Tracey Leath said the PLAN exam is a good way to judge students’ likely performance on the very important A-C-T exam.
North Drive dropped in every subject and by 1.2 points overall to 13.7.
Ms. Leath says the Central Office is doing anything it can to lend support to that school and any other needing assistance.
The district composite score as a whole remained stagnant at 14.9. Eight states participate in the “Explore” examinations each year.
A single-vehicle wreck yesterday afternoon in Hopkins County claimed the life of a woman and sent her husband to the hospital.
A news release from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says Phillip Bennett of Madisonville was eastbound on KY 138 about two miles east of the Pennyrile Parkway when he ran off the road and hit a culvert. The collision caused the truck to travel across the road into an embankment. The pickup rolled before coming to rest overturned on the roadway.
Deputy Scott Troutman found Bennett trying to remove his unconscious wife, 51-year old Linda Bennett, from the wreckage when he arrived on the scene.
Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield pronounced Ms. Bennett dead at the scene and Phillip Bennett was treated for his injuries at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
North Drive Middle School will host a Fall Festival Friday afternoon, with plenty of fun activities scheduled.
An email says the event will run from 5 until 7 and will include a chili supper, cake walk and the telling of the Bell Witch story by Official Local Historian William Turner.
There will also be a book fair, face painting, a haunted house and dance room. A silent auction will be held featuring baskets that are described as great for Christmas presents.
Parents can also pick up their child’s report card that night.
This is the last week in the State Senate for Senate President David Williams, who will step down to take a Circuit Judge seat he was appointed to by Governor Steve Beshear.
Senator Williams was recently interviewed about the change of career and said he’s always wanted to go back to the justice system.
At the age of 59, Senator Williams says the time just felt right to accept his long-time rival’s nomination and make the change.
Friday will mark the end of a 27-year career in Frankfort for Williams.
Eight children and one adult were injured in a school bus versus deer wreck between Hopkinsville and Crofton this morning.
Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Vanderkolk says Kenneth Buckner of Crofton was driving the bus when the incident happened around 7am on Madisonville Road near the Covered Wagon Road intersection.
Deputy Vanderkolk says the eight students and bus monitor were all taken to Jennie Stuart for minor injuries.
Deputy Vanderkolk said every student who complained of pain was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Madisonville Road was completely shut down for about a half hour while the scene was cleared and the injured children were taken to the hospital.