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Florence family needed support when trying to adopt a child, they found it through a UK social network

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Most adoptive and foster parents will tell you, deciding to bring a child into your home is not a job — it’s a calling. For Chris and Amy Schroder, of Florence, that call came unexpectedly. But they didn’t hesitate to answer. “There was a young man in the school system where I work as a registered nurse, and they were having a hard time finding placement...

Walton-Verona among 12 school districts across Kentucky selected for KDE local curriculum pilot

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has selected 12 school districts to work on a pilot program to help schools and districts develop high-quality local curriculum. Districts chosen for the Designing High-Quality Local Curriculum Pilot include: • Anchorage Independent • Barbourville Independent • Carroll County • Caverna Independent • Estill County • Garrard County • Graves County •...

Villa Madonna Academy High School named a Cognia School of Distinction, one of 59 around the world

Villa Madonna Academy High School in Villa Hills has been named a Cognia School of Distinction. Villa is one of 59 schools and 20 systems around the world to earn the award. Cognia is a global organization committed to school improvement. Every five years, Villa completes Cognia’s rigorous accreditation process and earned a School of Distinction award for its commitment to excellence in education...

TMU President Chillo opens spring semester with State of University Address to campus communty

Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., kicked off the spring semester speaking to the campus community in a State of the University Address this week about investments and initiatives that will drive the University’s commitment to become the premier Catholic liberal arts institution in the region. In the address, held via Zoom, Chillo spoke about upcoming work to accomplish goals...

Gateway faculty, staff made 50 Clean Home Kits for residents of Lincoln-Grant Scholar House

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this week, Gateway Community & Technical College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Department created 50 Clean Home Kits for residents of the Lincoln-Grant Scholar House. Gateway’s DEI organized more than 20 faculty and staff volunteers to make the Clean Home Kits. The department was able to create 50 kits. The kits include multi-purpose...

Voices from Classroom: ‘Now Hiring’ signs out; look at districts’ websites to see if there’s a job for you

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary School Everywhere you go, you see “Now Hiring” signs. A lot of companies are offering large sign-on bonuses for new employees. You know who also is in desperate need of “help” but can’t offer these same incentives? The education world. No matter what school district’s website you look at, you will see that they are hiring. They are hiring instructional...

Kenton County Democrats call on NKY Republicans to support pre-K, cite advantages of early learning

The Kenton County Democrats have issued a statement that urges Republicans to support the funding allocated in Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget for universal preschool, pointing out that studies strongly suggest that children benefit from an early learning experience and preschool is an effective strategy for improving later school performance. That performance can lead to a higher-quality adult labor...

NKU Honors College offers new, renewable ‘Honors Advantage Scholarship’ to every student admitted

The Northern Kentucky University Honors College announces a new scholarship for incoming freshman students called the Honors Advantage Scholarship, which will give every new student admitted into the NKU Honors College an additional $500 award. Dr. James Buss, founding dean of the NKU Honors College (Photo provided) The Honors Advantage Scholarship will automatically renew every semester as long as...

Kentucky Youth Advocates launch Children’s Advocacy Week at Capitol virtual event; sign up here

Hundreds of advocates from across Kentucky are virtually gathering this week to rally on behalf of children and to promote priorities on the Kentucky Youth Advocate’s Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy agenda. Advocates, state leaders, youth, and media are invited to participate in a series of virtual events happening throughout Children’s Advocacy Week. Advocates and youth...

A reminder: Student-athletes involved in agriculture can apply for KDA-KHSAA scholarship — by Jan. 31

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2022 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year, a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; graduating seniors...

NKU ’22 Alumni: Nathan Smith, Jakki Haussler, Tracy Schwegmann, Mac Riley, John Jose, Peg Adams

Northern Kentucky University announces the 2022 Alumni Awards recipients: Nathan Smith, Jakki Haussler, Tracy Schwegmann, H. McGuire (Mac) Riley, John Perpetou Baylosis Jose and Peg Adams. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards dinner on February 4 to kick off Homecoming Weekend at NKU. “The recipients of the Alumni Awards have shown that they have deep passion for supporting our students and...

20 NKU students to compete in Econ Games 2022 Conference, sponsored by Fischer Homes

Twenty Northern Kentucky University students will compete in The Econ Games 2022 Conference, co-founded by NKU Associate Professor of Economics in the NKU Haile College of Business and Director of the Center for Economic Education Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani. The conference, sponsored by Fischer Homes, will be held in March 2022. Founded in 2018, The Econ Games was created and led by Dr. Al-Bahrani, Ph.D,...

House continues questioning Kentucky State University, spells out potential baliout measure

Kentucky lawmakers continued their efforts to monitor Kentucky State University’s (KSU) recovery from years of financial issues that include alleged financial misconduct by a former university president. During the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education on Thursday, legislators received an update from university leaders and discussed providing the state’s only historically...

Rotary Club of Florence accepting nominations for annual Teacher of the Year awards

By Hannah Walters Rotary Club of Florence The Teacher of the Year Award is an opportunity to give back to the backbone of our community: educators. For the past 12 years, Rotary Club of Florence has held the Teacher of the Year event and is currently accepting nominations for this year’s ceremony. Nominations will be accepted through February 11. To nominate a teacher, go to florencerotary.org and...

Boone County Public Library choses Omni Architects to build new Walton Branch, wants public input

Boone County Public Library has chosen Omni Architects as the firm to build the new Walton Branch, which will serve the southern portion of the county. The new Library will be located on a 6.5-acre parcel on Towne Center Drive in Walton and will be approximately 20-25,000 square feet with the design process beginning this month. Carrie Herrmann, Library Director, recognized the growing population in...