Bowling Green attorney Bart Darrell will become Vice President of External Services at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.
“We are pleased to welcome Bart to campus in this new role. He knows the College well and loves Kentucky Wesleyan and Owensboro,” stated KWC President Dr. Craig Turner. “We welcome his experiences, insights, energy and leadership acumen.”
A news release on the college's website says Darrell will administer development, admissions, financial aid, alumni relations and public relations functions.
Darrell has worked for the law firm of Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore in Bowling Green since 1987 and spent the past 13 years as general counsel for Warren County Public Schools.
“I first met Bart twelve years ago at Richardsville Elementary School. It has been very obvious to me since that time that he is a man with a true heart and passion for education," said Warren County School Board Chairman Kerry Young in a news release.
Auburn Elementary has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.
The Logan County school is being recognized for exemplary improvement, which means at least 40 percent of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds and the school scores among the top ten percent of those in the state with the greatest five year improvement on state assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.
"As the saying goes, no child is left behind here at Auburn Elementary School. We expect every child to be at least proficient, preferably on the distinguished level," says Principal David Ward. "We just expect the best out of every child regardless of what their circumstance is."
Auburn Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools receiving the Blue Ribbon designation. Representatives from each of the schools will join those from other states at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
The Simpson County, Kentucky school district is requiring all students be college or career ready before getting their high school diploma.
The state measures college and career readiness through various tests and credential students can earn, but it’s not a requirement to graduate statewide.
Simpson County Schools Superintendent Jim Flynn says if his students don’t meet the mark, there are safety nets built into the policy.
“They could go out and show their welding skills, do something that benefits the community that proves even though they didn’t hit a benchmark on some kind of standardized test that they can still contribute positively to the community," said Flynn.
Last year only 30 percent of Simpson County students were college and career ready. Flynn says he expects that number to jump to 75 percent when results are released this week.
Going to college has just gotten easier for high school seniors who have overcome prescription drug abuse.
Attorney General Jack Conway announced a new scholarship on Monday that's targeted to high school seniors who have been impacted by prescription drug abuse, either as a recovering addict, as the child of an addict or in some other way.
The initiative is intended to send a clear message to teens impacted by prescription drug abuse that the future can be bright.
Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year. The first ones will be announced next May.
The scholarships are named in honor the late Sarah Shay of Morehead and Michael Donta of Ashland, both of whom died as a result of prescription drug abuse.