• 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.


    Easton McClanahan is the Williamstown High School Youth Performance Award winner for December. He is a senior at Williamstown High School and is the son of Donna McClanahan.

  • Stolen snowman caper heads south, in a hurry

    (Editor’s note: The following story is partly satirical, partly true and some facts may have been embellished.)

    Christmas-time is not the same right now for Sandy Cook.

    The Williamstown High School instructional assistant is feeling like she was given a lump of coal in her stocking.
    Cook brought a decorative snowman to bring holiday cheer to the halls of Williamstown, but only after a couple days, he was gone.

    The snowman had vanished without a trace, leaving behind only a note pleading for Cook to hurry to save him.

  • Williamstown to use iPads in class

    Paradise Forbes was skeptical when she learned several Williamstown Independent School classrooms would be getting iPad computers.

    She was concerned the tablet would be a novelty that would die off quickly with students.

    That all changed with one visit to Woodford County High School, which introduced the device to students earlier this year.

    Forbes loved what she saw and can’t wait to get started in her social studies classroom after Christmas break.