Formerly referred to as directors, Dr. Sally Ray in Glasgow, Dr. Ron Stephens in Elizabethtown and Dr. Gene Tice in Owensboro are now Regional Chancellors.
“These leaders play a critical role in their respective communities and are responsible for providing access to higher education and driving up the number of degree holders in their regions,” said President Gary Ransdell, in a statement to WKU Public Affairs.
“They are active in their communities, work closely with the presidents of the other postsecondary institutions and education leaders in the region and are engaged with academic leadership on the main campus in Bowling Green. I believe the title of Regional Chancellor demonstrates our recognition that our regional campuses are critical to our mission and that these leaders operate with a high level of independence and accountability," said Dr. Ransdell.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday will appear before a congressional panel in Washington Thursday. The hearing is titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers.”
Commissioner Holliday will discuss Kentucky’s experience in applying for and implementing a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Kentucky was one of the first states granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education in February 2012.
Education officials in south-central Kentucky say cuts are likely as the school district faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 million.
The Glasgow Daily Times reports 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.
Matthews said cuts are likely due to the shortfall.
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.
The WKU campuses in Elizabethtown, Radclifff, and Ft. Knox are opening at 10 a.m. eastern time due to weather.
The weather forecast for our listening area has highs in the mid 20s this afternoon, but throughout the morning temperatures are in the teens with wind chill factors near zero. Temperatures will hold in the 20s overnight, and there's a 50 percent chance of snow in our region Saturday, with highs in the mid 30s.
An academic leader at WKU says the school--and other universities in the state--must find ways to reach out to those who have given up on higher education.
WKU Provost Gordon Emslie says there are many adults in Kentucky who dropped out of college before getting their degrees. He believes that despite the rising cost of tuition, many of those dropouts could be encouraged to give school another try.
"I think people recognize the value of a college degree in this economy,” Emslie told WKU Public Radio. "I think we're finding employers are actually willing to pick up some of the cost of that, so that they'll have a more highly education workforce."
Emslie says he's like to see WKU emulate the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, which offers online classes that can be started at any point in the year that suits a student's schedule.
The chairman of the Kentucky House Education Committee said arming teachers should be considered a last resort as a way of making schools safer.
The Courier-Journal reports Midway Democrat Carl Rollins made the remarks during a meeting of a new state subcommittee on school safety.
In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings--which took the lives of 20 students and six adults--the head of the National Rifle Association and some gun rights supporting politicians said the answer to gun violence in schools was to have armed security guards at every school in the country.
Work crews are checking a Henderson County elementary classroom to see if asbestos is present.
The Gleaner reports South Heights Elementary School was closed Friday as crews came in to take samples from the classroom to test for the contaminant.
It was unclear when students would return to school.
"We don't know how long school will be closed. We will make that determination after the samples come back. We're hopeful that we'll be back in school on Monday, but I can't say that," Assistant Superintendent Marganna Stanley said.