• Williamstown schools receive accreditation

    Many hours, days and months of work paid off for the Williamstown Independent Schools as administrators learned March 29 the district earned full accreditation.

    The process, which was done through a Quality Assurance Review (QAR) by AvancED, included a visit from a five-person team that looked over documents, interviewed teachers, staff, students and community members and evaluated the performance of the district.

  • Town hall meeting focuses on college, career readiness

    By 2018, 54 percent of all jobs in Kentucky will require post-secondary training beyond high school.

    However, Kentucky currently ranks 48th in the percentage of post-secondary education degree projections for 2018.

    By 2020, 123 million American jobs will be in high-skill / high-pay occupations, from computer programming to bio-engineering, but only 50 million Americans will be qualified to fill them.

  • Grant County Schools Board adopts 2012-13 calendar

    The Grant County Schools Board approved a draft of the 2012-12 school calendar at their Feb. 9 meeting.
    The first day of school for Grant County will begin Aug. 15.

    “When we start is based off of Matt Morgan’s recommendation of the 15th of the month, because that is when payroll starts,” said Grant County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Al Poweleit, who worked with Morgan and Jennifer Wright on the calendar committee.

  • Williamstown Independent Schools adopt 2012-13 calendar

    Williamstown Independent School Board approved the 2012-13 draft calendar during its Feb. 13 meeting with a start date of Aug. 16.

    “I think we got a good start day and a good end date, as long as we don’t miss any school,” said Williamstown Elementary Principal David Poer, who also serves as district director of pupil personnel and head of the calendar committee.

    The district has several days off worked into the schedule throughout the school year starting with Labor Day on Sept. 3.

  • Ads may be allowed on school busses

    School buses could soon start looking more like mobile billboards than a way to transport students.

    The General Assembly is considering House Bill 30, which would allow school districts to sell advertising on the exterior of school buses.

    The bill recently passed the House and is awaiting a vote by the Senate.

    State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, voted for the bill.

    The money raised from the ads would stay in the district and the local school board would decide how to use it.

  • Public invited to WHS ‘Hunger Games’ event Jan. 26

    Williamstown High School invites everyone to join students Jan. 26 in celebrating “The Hunger Games” Community Reading Challenge with an activity-filled event.

    From 5 to 7 p.m. at WHS, attendees can participate in a variety of games and activities surround the popular book, including archery, a simulation video Hunger Games and a mass “Cornucopia Game.”

    There also will be student-led book club activities to discuss themes, characters and opinions of the books.

  • Do you want to get TECHNICAL?

    Grant County High School students will soon not be the only ones in the community utilizing the new $10 million Career and Technology Center on campus.

    The school district is making plans to offer community classes likely beginning in February at the 34,000 square-foot addition to GCHS that opened in August 2011.

  • WMS students learn to LOVE reading

    Bethany Findley never really cared for reading.

    The Williamstown Middle School sixth grader would rather watch TV than turn the pages of a novel.

    “I used to not be able to read that well,” Findley said. “I used to be one of the lowest people in the class in reading.”

    That has changed since she joined a specialized reading class taught by Kasey Kennedy with assistance by

    Carleen Ficker, Response to Intervention (RIT) coordinator for Williamstown elementary and middle schools.