, Corbin, KY

Local News

November 27, 2013

Schools report improved test scores in Laurel County

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

The Laurel County Board of Education held a special meeting Monday in which several schools reported having greatly improved test scores, and one high school had a greatly improved graduation rate.

The meeting was held in the G.C. Garland Administration Building in order to accommodate presentation tables from each Laurel County school. The board heard updates from principals of each school, along with a few teachers. Each school presented a report on its performance over the past year. Though Superintendent Doug Bennett called many of the changes in school test scores “insignificant,” but singled out Laurel County Elementary School for their large gain in test scores.

Bennett mentioned London Elementary School in the meeting’s opening for its 10 point jump in test scores. According to Chief Academic Officer of Laurel County Schools Theron Hurley, London Elementary made it into the top 10 percent of most improved schools in the state. Though the school remains in need of improvement, this year’s leap in testing scores holds promise for the school’s future, according to London Elementary School Principal Mary Bowen.

“We are proud to be a high progress school,” Bowen said. “It’s a great day to be a Tiger.”

North Laurel High School also saw improvement over the past year. Its graduation rate increased from 65 percent to 83 percent. Assistant principals Mike Harris and Kenna Williams attribute this progress to programs intended to give students options for completing school. NLHS began to seek students who have recently dropped out to encourage their return, and it has opened the new McDaniel Learning Center, which serves students who may be unable to complete school due to certain circumstances. Harris went on to say that the school has begun to counsel students on an individual basis to see what works best for them in an attempt to intervene in the decision to leave high school.

South Laurel High School was proud of its AP test scores, according to Principal Harman Hodge. Students taking AP tests at SLHS had 62 percent pass rate, which is higher than the state average. SLHS is also beginning to implement certain classes year-round, such as a freshman science course to prepare students for sophomore biology. Hodge stated that year-long classes will improve test scores through better knowledge retention, as students can be drilled on material year-round rather than a single semester.

Once the board meeting resumed, a motion was made to accept the lowest bid for school supplies from a company that met the school board’s standards. The bids for supplies covered technology supplies and equipment, uniforms, instructional supplies, and office supplies for Jan. 2014. Though the bids weren’t finalized, Office Depot was recommended for instructional supplies and Aramark for uniforms, while multiple bidders were recommended for office supplies and technology, depending on the lowest cost in individual categories.

Text Only
Local News
  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014

  • Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    An arrest warrant has been issued for one of two defendants charged in several 2012 multi-vehicle crashes on I-75, which caused multiple injuries.

    July 30, 2014

  • Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site

    A big step was taken Tuesday by the Corbin Board of Education, in purchasing property and making improvements to the former Saint Camillus Academy site.

    July 30, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 30, 2014

    18 arrested in drug roundup

    Suspect wanted for assault

    Laurel service station robbed

    Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site

    July 30, 2014

  • I-75 lane closures Wednesday

    A reminder if you’ll be traveling on I-75 in Laurel County Wednesday — the state Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to restrict northbound and southbound traffic to one lane just north of exit 29.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 John Waite for web.jpg John Waite to perform at NIBROC

    Grammy nominated singer John Waite has joined the 2014 NIBROC musical lineup.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 gray crash for web.jpg U.S. 25E intersection site of Monday crash

    A woman was transported to Baptist Health Corbin Monday following a crash at the U.S. 25E and KY-233 intersection, according to Kentucky State Police Post 10 Public Information Officer Shane Jacobs.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Laurel School nurses to stay

    The Laurel County School System will keep its school nurses for the 2014-2015 school year.

    July 29, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter