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March 20, 2018

Financial literacy bill clears final legislative hurdle


A bill requiring high school students to receive Financial literacy education overwhelming was approved Monday afternoon by the state Senate.

House Bill 132 passed 35-3 and now awaits the signature of Gov. Matt Bevin to become part of the required high school curriculum.

“I believe that this bill will have more impact on the future of the Com­mon­wealth of Kentucky than most of the bills that we have on the floor this year,” state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, said Monday on the Senate floor.

In January, the bill cleared the House by a 68-24 margin. The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown.

“With HB 132, knowledge of personal finance will no longer belong only to the privileged – it will be taught to all,” DuPlessis said Monday afternoon. “Our economy will improve when people manage their money instead of their money managing them.”

The requirement would apply to ninth-grade students starting in the 2020-21 school year and each year after.

DuPlessis amended the bill prior to the Jan­uary vote after talking with the Ken­tuc­ky De­­part­­ment of Edu­ca­tion. The amendment changed the requirement from a financial literacy course to standards.

Students would have to complete a course or program that meets state financial literacy standards, which will be developed by KDE, according to the amendment.

The decision also will apply to Public charter schools.

Elizabethtown High School teacher Alex Todd has spearheaded the effort and testified in support of the bill. He teaches a financial literacy elective.

The News-Enterprise

March 18, 2018

March 19, 2018;

6:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School

Louisa, Kentucky




Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

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3.A. All-District Band and All-District/All-State Choir

3.B. LCHS Implementing BARR – Building Assets Reducing Risks


4.A. Superintendent’s Update

4.A.1. Legislative Update

4.A.2. USDA Inspection at Blaine Elementary

4.A.3. Local Planning Committee Public Forum 

4.A.4. Operation Preparation

4.A.5. Potential Appointment to the Executive Board at KEDC

4.A.6. Regional Collaboration with Morehead State University

4.A.7. School Safety Measures - Appreciation for Local and State Officers

4.B. Public Comment


5.A. Approve Minutes of the February 20, 2018 Regular Meeting and the February 26, 2018 Special Meeting and Quarterly Data Dashboard Reporting

5.B. Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer

5.C. Approve the Monthly Financial Report by Finance Officer Brandi VanHoose

5.C.1. Bank Reconciliation Report

5.C.2. MUNIS Balance Sheet and Monthly Financial Report

5.C.3. Finance Update


5.D. Approve Consent Agenda items:

5.D.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

5.D.2. Contracts & Services:

5.D.2.a. Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) between Johnson County Schools and Lawrence County Schools for Energy Manager Project; January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018: not to exceed $10,800

5.D.2.b. Memorandum Of Understanding between BARR Center and Lawrence County High School for SY 2018-2019; no cost with a value of $16,000

5.D.2.c. Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between Pathways, Inc. and Lawrence County Schools; July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

5.D.2.d. LCHS After-Prom Event Contract with Marshall Recreation Center; May 6, 2018; Anne Preece, FRYSC: $1,750.00

5.D.2.e.  2018-2019 Contract for Nonresident Pupils from the Elliott County School District and the Martin County School District

5.D.2.f. Extreme Networks (technology switches, e-rate items): $124,632.90

5.D.3. Requests:

5.D.3.a. Fundraisers:

5.D.3.a.1. Louisa East Elementary School

5.D.3.a.2. Lawrence County High School

5.D.3.b. Use of Facilities:

5.D.3.b.1. Louisa Middle School cafeteria for Annual Conservation Essay and Poster Winners; March 20, 2018; Kelli Hanshaw; Lawrence County Conservation District

5.D.3.b.2. Any available gymnasium for Tri-State Assault AUU basketball practice; 8 kids ages 14-15; March 7 to July 16, 2018; Jim Daniels; pending updated insurance

5.D.3.b.3. Louisa Middle School for Annual Eastern KY Fire School; May 4, 5, 6, 2018; Eddie Preston, Louisa Fire Chief; proof of insurance provided

5.D.3.c. Request for assistance: LCHS for costs of AP exams; Mary Adams, Counselor; estimate of $3,102

5.D.4. For Review/FYI: (no action required)

5.D.4.a. SBDM/Advisory Council Minutes (BES, LMS, LWES)

5.E. Approve permission to bid grass mowing services

5.F. Consider/Discuss natural gas bids

5.G. Approve attendance months for 2018-2019 school district calendar

5.H. Approve to set 2017-18 graduation date

5.I. Approve permission for LCHS to apply for Gates Foundation Network for School Improvement (NSI) Grant

5.J. Approve Review of district-initiated procedure, 07.11 AP.1 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Meal Program

5.K. New Business


6.A. Approve creation, abolishment, and/or changes regarding positions for 2017-18

6.B. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES): Monthly Update

        Dr. Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD   

6.B.1. Standard 7: Influential Leadership


6.C. Approve to acknowledge receipt of Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update


March 13, 2018


Ashland Community and Technical College will host its inaugural Pathfinder 5K and 5-Miler on Saturday April 14 at the Technology Drive Campus.

Proceeds from the race will go towards ACTC’s general scholarship fund.

The Technology Drive Campus is located off the Industrial Parkway at EastPark. The 5K course starts at the building’s main entrance and is flat and fast and is on all paved roads. The 5-miler follows much of the same course, but with a one-mile out and back gravel road extension.

Runners can register for either the 5K or 5-miler at the same cost.

On-site registration is $25 and begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start time.

Those who register before April 1 will get a discounted rate of $18. This price is available for pre-registered groups of eight or more.

Registration before April 13 is $22.

Registration includes a T-shirt and breakfast prepared by ACTC’s Culinary Arts program. There will also be door prizes and awards.

5K and 5-miler awards will be given to the first three finishers in each male and female age group, plus trophies to the first two overall male and female finishers.

Online registration is now open at A paper registration form can also be downloaded from the race page.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available at multiple support levels. All sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible. For more information on how to become a sponsor, contact Brooke Seasor, ACTC’s director of advancement, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 06-326-2092.

Scholarship application deadline April 1

April 1 is the priority application deadline for fall 2018 scholarships at ACTC. ACTC offers dozens of scholarships to help deserving area residents pay for their education. Last year, more than 380 scholarships totaling $378,00 were awarded.

At ACTC, about 80 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid, and scholarships are part of the financial aid package.

Applicants need to apply for admission to ACTC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and fill out a scholarship application form. The general scholarship application form is good for most ACTC scholarships, and there are also applications for special scholarships for students in specific fields.

Scholarship applications are on the web at under Costs and Financial Aid and the FAFSA is at For more information on scholarships or financial aid, call 606-326-2198.
Special Scholarships

Many area organizations and individuals have established scholarships for students who dem­onstrate the potential for academic success and financial need. Some scholarships have additional requirements such as county of residence, choice of major field or grade point average. Several of these are listed below.

• The Susan Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund established by Louisa resident Neil Wilson is for Lawrence County High School graduates who have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

• King’s Daughters and Sons Foundations of Kentucky Inc. scholarships are for second-year students in the Associate Degree Nursing program.

• Morning Pointe Foundation scholarships are for practical nursing students interested in pursuing a career in senior care or geriatric nursing.

• The Rodney Clark Memorial Scholarship, established by Clark’s Pump-N-Shop, is for Fairview High School graduates who enroll in an ACTC technical program.

• The Lottie B. Culinary Arts Scholarship established by former Ashland resident Rick Kouns is for third semester culinary arts students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and the potential for success in the profession.

• The Kevin McClain Memorial Scholarship, established by Marathon Petroleum, is for minority and female students who enroll for at least 12 hours a semester in the Applied Process Technology Program.

• The Spriggs Family Scholarship is for children of Boyd County firefighters and police officers who have been employed by their department for at least two years.

• The Theodore C. & Bennie J. Shields Scholarship is for Boyd County High School graduates who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. At least half of the scholarships must be awarded to female students.

• The Norma Ruth Wells Mason Scholarship is for pre-engineering or electrical technology students who have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

• The J.T. Smith Scholarship is for outstanding African-American residents of Kentucky, and grade point average, class rank, ACT scores and extra-curricular activities are considered.

• ACTC’s Pre-Engineering Scholarship is for students who intend to earn an Associate in Science Degree and transfer to a university for a bachelor’s degree in chemical, civil, mechanical or other engineering fields.

For information on establishing ACTC scholarships, contact Brooke Seasor, ACTC’s director of advancement, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 06-326-2092.

ACTC adds additional AIT info session date

Due to demand, ACTC has added another opportunity for people to get information on the new Advanced Integrated Technology (AIT) program and the college’s partnership with Braidy Industries.

The sessions will include the opportunity to apply to ACTC, learn more about the AIT program, meet representatives from other ACTC programs, speak with representatives from financial aid and schedule placement testing.

Those interested in attending one of the remaining sessions must register in advance at

The sessions will be hosted in the Rocky Adkins Pavilion at the Technology Drive Campus, located on the Industrial Parkway.

Dates and times for the remaining sessions are:

• 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24; and

• 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 28.

Prior to the session, those interested in applying to ACTC may go online to complete an admissions application. When completing the application, please select Associate in Applied Science, General Occupational Technical Studies as the program of study.

ACTC requires all final official high school and former college transcripts be submitted prior to enrollment. Transcripts may be submitted at the informational sessions, but they must be delivered in an envelope that has been sealed by the high school or former college. Transcripts that have been opened will not be accepted as official.


Apply Now for ACTC Pharmacy program

May 1 is the deadline to apply for admission to the fall 2018 Pharmacy Technology program at Ashland Community and Technical College.

Pharmacy Technology offers a quick path into health care employment and can sometimes be the first step in becoming a pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians are employed in community and hospital pharmacies.

Under the direction of a pharmacist, a pharmacy technologist transcribes physicians’ medication orders, fills prescriptions and pharmacy orders, prepares admixtures of intravenous solutions, replenishes drugs, maintains patient profiles and prepares bulk formulations.

At ACTC, Pharmacy Technician II is a one-year diploma program, and certificates are available for Retail Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Technician I. The diploma and certificate credits may be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies.

The program includes lecture and laboratory classes in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, microbiology, dosage calculations, pharmacy mathematics, pharmacy practice, pharmacology, drug classifications and IV admixtures.

Students also learn how to communicate the correct medical abbreviations and medical terminologies with patients, customers and the pharmacists they are assisting.

An externship with area pharmacies gives students experience on the job.

“During their clinical hours as ‘externs’ in area pharmacies, students learn skills that would be needed as employees, and this can give them an edge when applying for a job,” said Nikki Bryant, ACTC associate professor and coordinator of the program.

Pharmacy Technology is a selective admissions program, and the application deadline is May 1. New students will need to submit both ACTC and Pharmacy Technology applications, which are available on line at

Applicants must meet the math placement score requirements prior to being enrolled in the program.

For more information on Pharmacy Technology, contact Bryant at 606-326-2261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..