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Sub Bus Drivers Needed

Jackson County Public Schools, the surrounding districts, including the larger surrounding districts, struggle to maintain enough substitute bus drivers.  The Jackson County Board of Education did something very innovative at the April 21, 2015 Regular Board Meeting to help address the situation.  The board approved the Jackson County Public School’s New Sub Bus Driver Incentive Program.

  1. The incentive program applies to potential new sub-bus drivers who will be enrolled in the JCPS Driver Training Program only

  2. JCPS will pay for the criminal background check

  3. JCPS will pay for an initial physical not to exceed $95.00

  4. Upon full-completion of their training program and being available to drive for thirty (30) work days after they receive their license, the new sub-bus driver will receive a one-time $100.00 training stipend

By removing some of the initial costs associated with enrolling in the training program, hopefully more potential sub drivers will enroll in the training program.  Jackson County Public Schools has an outstanding bus driver training program that is facilitated by driver/trainers Kathy Spurlock and Richard Lakes.  Both are very thorough and do an exceptional job training our present and future bus drivers.

JCHS Distinguished Lunch

Jackson County High School hosted the Annual Distinguished Luncheon today.  Students that scored Distinguished on last years assessments were invited along with their parents. 


JCHS Drama Presents "The Glass Menagerie"

Mr. Baldwin is inviting everyone to come out to JCHS Drama Club's production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.  They have been working on the show since February and believe it showcases the kind of growth they have made in the last year towards building a stronger theatre program at the JCHS.  They have two evening performances scheduled for the general public; opening night will be Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00 P.M. with a second show on Thursday, May 14th at 6:00 P.M.  There will be an admission of $5.00 for both shows.  

Jackson County April Board Meeting

During the April 21st Board Meeting, we had two student presentations and all the academic teams were recognized for their accomplishments this year.


Teleworks and JCHS Student Sara Nunn

At a recent open house of Teleworks USA in Annville, JCHS senior Sara Nunn was highlighted as a success story of the organization.  Teleworks trains and places individuals into “work from home” jobs that make use of the high speed Internet made possible by PRTC’s Fiber-to-the-Home.  Sara completed training with Teleworks and now works 32 hours per week from home as a customer service representative of the U-Haul Company.  Her work schedule is, in addition to a full schedule of classes at JCHS.  Sara has already completed several college hours through the EKU Now program and plans to use the money that she is currently earning to assist in paying expenses as she works toward a nursing degree at EKU.

Promise Neighborhood Planning Meeting

Jackson County Public School Administrators/Staff participated in a Promise Neighborhood/Berea College-Partners for Education Planning Meeting on April 22, 2015.  The meeting involved Superintendent Mike Smith, Central Office Administrators, Principals and Staff from each school.  The meeting was to go over the Integrated Planning Process (IPP) for the upcoming school year.  The participants reviewed and discussed the new IPP planning documents, discussed school specific needs and service gaps for students and began drafting the 2015-2016 school plan fully aligned with the results and indicators of the Partners for Education programs.

Preschool Screening & Registration

Preschool Screening and Registration will begin soon. 

If you are interested in enrolling your child in Preschool for the 2015--2016 school year, please all Coreen at 287-3926 or Paulette at 287-7181 for an appointment.

Youth Working Group Busy at JCHS

The Youth Working Group at the JCHS completed a service project on April 9, 2015.  The project was to beautify the front of Jackson County High School and the Area Technology Center. The students  planted 30 white Hydrangeas, 20 Dwarf Burning bushes and 60 Golden Guine flowers.

The Youth working group is a group of higher achieving students at the JCHS that work toward building positive change, leadership and developing a better environment for the student body. These students are supported by Berea College and elected by their peers each year. They are supervised by Kendall Coffey, PN Academic Specialist,  with additional support from Brian Hill, I3 Achievement counselor and Tanya Begley, Kentucky College Coach.

Students in the 2014-2015 Youth Working Group are:  Bethany Carrier , Aaron Raider, Morgan Hornsby, Nick Gabbard ,Stacey Allen, Aaron Duncan, Christian Bond, Laura Wilder, Annika Bingham, April Morgan, Latisha Parker, Austin Brewer, Molly Marcum, Robert Fields, Andy Bryant, Makayla Pennington, and  Ali Wade.

Jackson County Students at State STLP

Check out the newsletter to learn about the accomplishments of STLP this year. 

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Abe Lincoln Visits JCMS

On April 13th, the 8th graders at the JCMS, attended a Kentucky Humanities Council Inc. Program.  The Kentucky Chautauqua performer was Jim Sayre representing the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.  He discussed the life and death of the former Kentucky native, as well as, the importance of Kentucky in the Civil War.  Students also participated in the assembly program as Mary Todd Lincoln and Abe Lincoln, himself.  President Lincoln was introduced by the Kentucky Humanities Council Executive Producer, Ben Chandler.  The program was funded by Rodney Chrisman with the Jackson Energy Cooperative.  The 8th grade students are currently learning about the importance and effects of the Civil War in their History classes.

JCHS Raiders Rifle Team

The JCHS Raiders Rifle Team received a 3rd place trophy on Saturday April 11th.  Mykela Caldwell was also recognized as the highest scoring female cadet in the competition

Board of Education Building for Sale

The current JCPS Central Office is open for On-line Bidding through Ford Realty until April 30, 2015.  

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