Barren County Schools http://wkyufm.org en Southern Kentucky Superintendent Open to Idea of Year-Round School http://wkyufm.org/post/southern-kentucky-superintendent-open-idea-year-round-school <p></p><p>The superintendent of Barren County Schools says he would be willing to consider the idea of year-round school.</p><p>The concept has come up recently following several episodes of harsh winter weather that led many school systems to cancel classes over a dozen times.</p><p>Barren County Superintendent Bo Matthews says it might be a good idea to think about officially shortening the summer break, since it is often gets impacted by make-up days caused by bad weather.</p><p>"The summer break, if you will, continues to get smaller if you look at school calendars around the state,” Matthews told WKU Public Radio. “So, in some respects, it wouldn't be a stretch to see us begin to creep further into the month of June."</p><p>Barren County has missed 16 days this school year due to bad winter weather. Lawrence County has missed 32. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:38:28 +0000 Kevin Willis 44994 at http://wkyufm.org Southern Kentucky Superintendent Open to Idea of Year-Round School Barren County School District Facing Big Budget Cuts http://wkyufm.org/post/barren-county-school-district-facing-big-budget-cuts <p>Education officials in south-central Kentucky say cuts are likely as the school district faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 million.</p><p><a href="http://glasgowdailytimes.com/local/x1303539808/School-district-could-face-900-000-shortfall" target="_blank">The Glasgow Daily Times reports </a>Barren County school district Superintendent Bo Matthews told the Board of Education during a special-called meeting on Monday night that a $900,000 shortfall is expected from the 2012-13 to the 2013-2014 budget.</p><p>Matthews said cuts are likely due to the shortfall.</p><p>District Finance Director John Stith said one reason for the shortfall is unexpected costs, including a portion of the $50-$60 million Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust deficit which has to be paid off by school districts across the state. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:38:33 +0000 Associated Press 25938 at http://wkyufm.org