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August 3, 2018

Ferguson currently serves as vice president and acting chancellor for KCTCS

ASHLAND, KY. – Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay K. Box announced today the appointment of Dr. Larry Ferguson as president of Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC).

Dr. Larry Ferguson Dr. Larry Ferguson Ferguson currently serves as vice president and acting chancellor for KCTCS. He is the former KCTCS vice chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce Solutions and has served in a number of leadership positions at ACTC. He was an instructor there as well as the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. Ferguson also served as president of Bevill State Community College in Jasper, Alabama.

“There really is no better person to lead ACTC than Larry Ferguson,” Box said. “He grew up here, he knows the college and he knows this community. He also has extensive leadership experience with KCTCS and has been a college president.”

Ferguson earned a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership with a specialization in e-learning from Trident University. He earned a master of science degree in strategic leadership and a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership, both from Mountain State University. Additionally, he earned an associate degree with a focus in communications from ACTC.

“I am extremely honored to serve as president of Ashland Community and Technical College,” Ferguson said. “Boyd County is my home, and I’m happy to come back to serve the community and this college that is so special to me.”

Ferguson begins his duties as ACTC president on Oct. 1.

“I’ve known Larry for years and have seen him grow as a person and as an employee at ACTC and across the state,” said Ann Perkins, ACTC board chair. “His roots are here, and he has a passion for this area. It’s hard to be anything but thrilled.”


By Mary Hemlepp



 

August 3, 2018

Money Tip for Students, August 2018:

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFERS STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR TEACHERS, NURSES

The federal government may forgive all or part of teachers’ and nurses’ federal student loans if they meet certain requirements. The forgiveness options, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, include:

Teacher loan forgiveness.

To qualify, you must teach at least five full years in a low-income school in an eligible district. Depending on your field, you may have up to $17,500 in student loans forgiven. For complete details, visit www.ed.gov.

Nursing loan forgiveness.

You must be at least a registered nurse and agree to work full time for at least two years in a critical shortage facility. If you fulfill your agreement, 60 percent of your loan balance will be forgiven. Another 25 percent will be forgiven if you work a third year. Nurses teaching at an accredited school of nursing may also qualify. For complete details, visit https://bhw.hrsa.gov.

One thing to remember is that the Internal Revenue Service counts the amount forgiven as income. You should talk with a tax professional to understand the impact it may have on your taxes.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) and other programs to help students pay for higher education.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

KHEAA also disburses Advantage Education Loans, the state’s only non-profit private education loan. For more information, visit www.advantageeducationloan.com.

By Tim Ballard

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July 25, 2018

SUPERINTENDENT'S PERSONNEL ACTION/UPDATE

JULY 24, 2018

 

Resignations

Ashleigh Workman - Teacher at Fallsburg Elementary School
Casey Childers - Full-Time Bus Monitor
Kay Smith - Full-Time Bus Monitor

Requests:

Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Creation and Changes regarding Positions

Request the following positions be created effective July 25, 2018:

(1) Occupational Therapist:
185 day contract for $65,000 with one-quarter percent increase per year of service in the district or;
148 day contract for $52,000 with one-quarter percent increase per year of service in the district or;
111 day contract for $39,000 with one-quarter percent increase per year of service in the district.

(2) Itinerant Instructional Assistants (Classified Pay Scale; 150 to 183 days; if needed)

(1) Instructional Assistant (Preschool) at Louisa West Elementary School (Classified Pay Scale; 150 to 183 days)

Request the following position be changed effective July 25, 2018:

(1) Physical/Occupational Therapist ($59,917 with one-quarter increase per year of service in the district and 185 days) to (1) Physical Therapist:
185 day contract for $65,000 with one-quarter percent increase per year of service in the district or;
148 day contract for $52,000 with one-quarter percent increase per year of service in the district or;
111 day contract for $39,000 with one-quarter percent increase per year of service in the district.

 

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