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December 8, 2017

Inez native has been generous to MSU

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State University’s Board of Regents has honored one of the institution’s most respected graduates by approving the naming of the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology.

Inez native Elmer Smith was an outstanding left handed pitcher in baseball and an even better pool player.  Inez native Elmer Smith was an outstanding left handed pitcher in baseball and an even better pool player. “Elmer Smith has been an ambassador of higher learning and a loyal supporter of Morehead State University since his days as a student. His support through service, dedication, and financial commitment has been unprecedented,” said MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan.

To date, Smith has donated nearly $4 million to Morehead State University

“Morehead State University and its dedicated faculty provided me with a great education, guidance, and direction to enable me to embark on a successful career in education. I am blessed to be surrounded by a great group of dedicated employees and a supportive family of my wife Margaret, daughter Mia, and son Christian,” said Smith. “Throughout my career, I have chosen to support MSU and Tau Kappa Epsilon, my fraternity, and currently serve as the Chairman of the TKE Education Foundation, raising funds for scholarships, and leadership training for our leaders of tomorrow.”

A native of Martin County and a graduate of MSU with a degree in business education, Smith is a successful professional who has served in numerous positions within the educational field. He currently serves as the President of Interactive College of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in computer-based training. In 2003, he was named the outstanding alumni from the college that will bear his name. That same year. Smith and his late wife created the Donna and Elmer Smith Endowment for CIS Chair. He was inducted into the MSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 1999. Smith has served on the MSU Foundation Board and was named its Member of the Year in 2001. He received an honorary Doctor of Education degree from MSU in 2011.

Along with Jim and Linda Booth, the building housing the Space Science Center—Smith-Booth Hall—is named for Elmer and Donna Smith.


The College of Business and Technology includes the School of Business Administration and the School of Engineering and Information Systems. Programs in the College of Business and Technology offer a broad choice of quality academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The college actively engages with a wide variety of regional initiatives that enrich the learning environment while contributing to the community through a network of business centers and institutes.
More information is available by calling MSU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development at 606-783-2033.


December 5, 2017


LEXINGTON, KY (12/05/2017)-- The following local students were named to the Transylvania University Dean's List for the 2017 winter term:

Caroline Clevenger of Louisa, a graduate of Lawrence County High School

Rebecca Duff of Morehead, a graduate of Rowan County Senior High School

Tristan Reynolds of Huntington, a graduate of Saint Joseph Catholic School

Audri Wells of Louisa, a graduate of The Piarist School

To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average during the term.


Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Ky., is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation's four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through its 41 majors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with nearly 1,100 students. Visit for more information.


December 4, 2017

KDE Report Gives An Evaluation of the Louisa West Building: 

KED press release

Earlier this week, Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Commissioner of Education, released the 2017 Kentucky Facilities Inventory and Classification System (KFICS) Phase I Report. Of the school facilities that were evaluated, Louisa West Elementary ranked as the 33rd “most needy” school facility when compared to the other schools that were evaluated throughout the state. In comparison, the Louisa West facility ranked in the bottom 100 out of 465 evaluated schools in 2011.

The new KFICS process was implemented by the Kentucky Department of Education under HB 303 (2016) and includes the assessment of one school facility from each of 169 school districts throughout Kentucky. As stated in the report, “While the KFICS Phase I Report contains poor condition permanent buildings, there may be other district transitional facilities (in the state) in worse condition, in need of replacement and not included in the list.” Phase II of the process will be expanded to include all Kentucky school buildings.

Every four years, each Kentucky school system is required to submit a school facilities plan, and the LC Schools plan is due in 2018. Using the processes outlined by KDE, the Lawrence County Board of Education and Superintendent Fletcher has assembled 20 local planning committee members to make recommendations to the Board of Education. Members of the committee include teachers, community members, and administrators that represent the Blaine, Fallsburg, and Louisa areas. The KFICS report will be used as a source of information to help decide the next steps for facilities planning in Lawrence County.

If you are interested in having input, the Lawrence County Local Facilities Planning Committee will have an orientation meeting on December 5 at 6 PM at the Lawrence County High School Library and will be followed by a public forum at 7:15 PM. The public forum will be an informal gathering to obtain public opinion regarding future district facility priorities.


Lawrence County Schools

Local Planning Meeting Agenda

First Meeting

December 5, 2017

6:00 pm

Lawrence County High School Library Media Center


I. Welcome and Introductions Don Martin, KSBA

II. Part One Orientation Don Martin, KSBA

III. Election of Chair Don Martin, KSBA

IV. Election of Vice-Chair Chairperson

V. Fiscal data Joe Nance, RSA

VI. Next meeting date/time/location Chairperson

VII. Next meeting topics

A. Orientation 2

B. Facility barriers/needs

C. Architect report

VIII. Adjourn


PUBLIC FORUM to follow @ 7:15 PM.

The purpose of the public forum is to gather input from community stakeholders as it relates to perceived facilities needs for our schools/campuses


Lawrence County Schools

Local Planning Committee (LPC) Meeting

First Public Forum

December 5, 2017

7:15 pm

Lawrence County High School Media Center


*  Call to Order... Chairperson

*  Announcements

*  Registration sheet for those attending the forum

*  “Request to Speak” registration sheet available for those wishing to address the LPC.

*  LPC member introductions

*  Public Forum – opportunity for community input into the District Facility Plan development.  LPC is here to listen to the community’s suggestions.


*  The LPC’s purpose and process Don Martin, Facilitator

*  Question:

“What facilities/building are needed in Lawrence County to provide the best educational opportunities for all students?”

*  Adjourn