8:38 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Barren County School District Facing Big Budget Cuts

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.

6:33 am
Fri February 1, 2013

WKU Campuses in Hardin County Opening Late Friday

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.

1:40 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

WKU Provost Wants School to Offer Classes "On Demand"

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.

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4:00 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age

A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 with a parent’s permission. But Governor Steve Beshear has advocated moving that age to 18.

A poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky shows that 85 percent of parents agree with the governor and would like to see the age raised.

Fifteen percent said they did not want to increase the dropout age.

The poll surveyed 1,000 parents in Kentucky and has a margin of error of three percentage points.

9:29 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Chairman: Arming Teachers "Last Resort"

Rep. Carl Rollins (D-Midway)

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.

Others have suggested that arming teachers and administrators would be a deterrent to school shooters.

Rollins said allowing school personnel to carry weapons would likely just open the door to increased accidents on school campuses.

3:15 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Work Crews Look for Asbestos in Henderson School

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.

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1:05 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Report: Rising Tuition Costs Aside, Higher Education Still a Bargain

Despite rising tuition costs, higher education is still worthwhile because college-degree holders have higher incomes and better opportunities for employment, according to a report released Friday by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Employers are increasingly requiring bachelor’s degrees as part of their hiring processes, the report said. In the next eight years, the report says, more than half of Kentucky jobs will require some sort of higher education.

Still, students are also wrestling with increasing tuition costs each year. 

“As expensive as college may seem, it is still probably the single best investment an individual can make in his or her life,” said Bob King, the CPE's president.

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1:38 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

One-Of-A-Kind Education Center in Hardin County to Offer New Pathways for Students

Hardin County Schools and WKU are partnering to create an Early College and Career Center. The partnership announced Thursday also includes Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.

The result will be a new building where Hardin County school students can take courses in several career pathways, including engineering, manufacturing, automotive technology, media arts, and health sciences.

Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston told WKU Public Radio the center will offer students a new way to prepare for either the workforce or postsecondary education.

"We have to get out of this mindset that if you don't go to college you have to go to a vocational school. This is not a vocational school like you and I might be familiar with," said Johnston.

WKU faculty will teach classes at the Early College and Career Center during the day and college courses in the evenings once the high school students go home.

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5:57 am
Mon January 21, 2013

WKU Students Witnessing History in Washington D.C.

A group of WKU political science students will see history made before their eyes Monday. The group is in Washington, DC for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Since 1989, political science department chair Dr. Saundra Ardrey has been leading trips to the Capitol every four years for the students to witness a presidential inauguration for themselves. While they're there, Ardrey says they also attend Senate hearings and confirmation hearings, meet with members of Kentucky's Congressional delegation and students have the opportunity to interview for jobs or internships.

The students will return from Washington Wednesday.

WKU Public Radio is carrying live coverage from NPR throughout the morning and afternoon Monday of President Obama's inauguration. Click here to see a schedule of our coverage.

2:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Centre College Starting New Global Leadership Program

The Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
Credit Centre College

Kentucky’s Centre College is creating a new summer program this year for Kentucky juniors and seniors to learn more about the world outside state.

The Global Leadership Academy will take place over two weeks in the middle of June this summer; the goal for Centre is to get Kentucky’s high school students more in line with global leadership and cultures.

It’s the first attempt at such a program for the private college in Danville, Ky., which is leveraging its reputation as a strong study abroad college to start the program.

Milton Reigelman, the director of global citizenship at Centre College, said the goal is to help high school students get a taste of college life, as well as new subjects.

“But it will also sort of teach them about global issues that are not very widely covered in high schools or even in colleges,” he said.

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