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Boone County school’s in-person kindergarten registration canceled, but there are options here

Boone County schools in-person Kindergarten registration had to be canceled but there are several options for enrolling a child whose 5th birthday is on or before August 1 for the fall. Get ready for Kindergarten (Photos provided) Start online at the BCS website (under Quick Links or For Parents, click on Kindergarten Registration) or on a school’s specific website where there are all the forms...

Fifteen NKY students among 72 statewide to be selected for Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a competitive summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, announced today that 72 high school students — including 15 NKY students — have been selected to participate in the 2020 GSE program at Northern Kentucky University from July 12 – August 1. Last year’s entrepreneurs GSE is...

UK specialist says to plan ahead for equine feed needs, but no need to overbuy during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual. Bob Coleman, extension equine specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, urged horse owners to take a step back and think before making extra feed purchases. “I...

Randy Poe: Educating through and beyond the pandemic; we will achieve excellence together

We asked Superintendent of Boone County Schools, Dr. Randy Poe, for his thoughts on Educating through and beyond this Pandemic. Here is his response. It seems like it was just yesterday when we last heard the cacophony of sounds from classrooms, hallways in between bells/periods or a loud cafeteria in any one of our school buildings. Then suddenly, almost without warning, everything went silent, as...

Chad Molley succeeds Kathlyn Burkhardt (and his father) as head of Erlanger-Elsmere schools

Assistant Superintendent Chad Molley has been named superintendent of the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Schools effective Aug. 1. He replaces Kathlyn Burkhardt, who announced her retirement after 11 years. Molley assumes the position following a long, distinguished career in the Erlanger-Elsmere district, most recently serving as assistant superintendent, a position he has held for the past five years. He...

Senate confirms 10 of 11 appointees to the Kentucky Board of Education, does not add ex-officio members

Ten of the 11 voting members of the Kentucky Board of Education were confirmed by the Kentucky Senate on April 15 on the final day of the 2020 legislative session. The 11 voting members of the board were appointed Dec. 10 as part of an executive order by Gov. Andy Beshear that reorganized the board. The Senate voted to confirm the appointment of seven members representing Kentucky’s Supreme Court...

Eleven alternative programs in KY recognized for excellence, including Covington’s learning center

By Jacob Perkins The Kentucky Teacher In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve students with a variety of learning needs, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has named 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction. The programs will be recognized at the Kentucky Board of Education’s regular meeting in June. The Phoenix School in Jefferson County. An alternative education...

NKU honors astrophysicist Dr. Scott Nutter with the Regents Professorship for scholarship, service

Northern Kentucky University celebrates Dr. Scott Nutter with the Regents Professorship, recognizing his scholarly achievements and contribution to the university’s core values.   Dr. Nutter is a professor of Physics at NKU. An astrophysicist, he has collaborated on several NASA-sponsored experiments investigating cosmic rays for the last three decades. These projects involve sending instruments...

Erlanger-Elsmere’s e-newsletter is model example of what’s going on between teachers, students today

Staff report Superintendent Kathy Burkhardt shared the recent Erlanger-Elsmere as an example of the great work going on in NKY schools, despite the stay-at-home guidance and Non-Traditional learning. Teachers are embracing online instruction and engagement — and students are responding. Here’s some insight into what’s going on between teachers and students in this challenging environment: Together…...

Kevin Brown: An update for Kentucky families about the coronavirus crisis and our schools

It has been just over a month since Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed, and it has been the longest month of many of our lives. We had no idea when that announcement was made on March 6 how our lives were about to change and we still don’t know when they’ll return to something close to normal. We couldn’t know when the Harrison County schools announced the following day they were...

Voices from Classroom: Proud to be educator; we have a problem and are working through it together

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary School On April 11, 1970, three of NASA’s astronauts, Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, were sent off on the Apollo 13 lunar landing mission aboard the Saturn V rocket. The launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida went off without a hitch. NASA was looking forward to its third successful moon landing.  Two days later on the...

KY colleges, universities to receive more than $156M in emergency cash relief from U.S. Dept. of Education

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced that Kentucky colleges and universities will receive more than $156 million in emergency cash relief from the U.S. Department of Education to support students and institutions during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding is the result of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last month 96-0 and...

NKU President Ashish Vaidya says Honors House will become safe haven for coronavirus first responders

While NKU’s instruction and operations are now remote, its campus buildings will be serving a purpose to help in the battle against COVID-19, President Ashish Vaidya announced. The university is partnering with Campbell, Boone and Kenton Counties to support first responders. Many are living apart from their families, who are staying “healthy at home” and need a place to stay. NKU’s Honors...

NKU’s MBA program expanded to students in India; program ranks on U.S. News & World Report list

President Ashish Vaidya and Haile/US Bank College of Business Dean Hassan R. HassabElnaby signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 28 in Mumbai, India, to expand the college’s MBA program to India. They were joined by Shri L. Gopalakrishnan and T. G. Vijaya of the PSG Institute of Advanced Studies (PSGIAS) as well as Vishwas Despande and Shweta M. Apte of the Vidyalankar Institute for...

NKU donates medical supplies, ventilators to St. Elizabeth, Christ hospitals in fight against COVID-19

While medical professionals face shortages of critical resources to fight COVID-19, Northern Kentucky University stepped up to help two local hospitals, donating personal protective equipment and ventilators used for instruction in the College of Health and Human Services. St. Elizabeth picks up the ventilators. (Photo provided) NKU donated three ventilators to Christ Hospital Health Network and two...