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Schools and county leaders committed to student safety

By C. Josh Givens In the mournful wake of the May 24 killing of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by a gunman armed with an AR-15 rifle, school safety and protecting the lives inside school buildings from those wishing to do harm is at the forefront of most…

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Hancock schools placed on ‘soft lock down’ Monday

Hancock County Public Schools’ facilities were placed in what was described by the Sheriff’s Department as a “soft lock down” just after 9 a.m., Monday. The action was taken after a student made threats, which were not directed at the school. The Sheriff’s Department said in a statement the action was “only precautionary and there…

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Board approves permanent reading intervention trainer for elementary schools

Hancock County School Board has approved the creation of a new position within the county’s elementary schools which will assist students during the school day with reading interventions, as well as training other teachers in multi-sensory reading techniques. The school system is currently utilizing the Orton-Gillingham Reading Invervention program through the University of Louisville, though…

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School Board approves easement for U.S. 60 widening

The Hancock County School Board has approved a temporary easement on its Central Office property located at 83 State Route 3543 for the planned widening of U.S. 60 West. The property is fronted by the U.S. highway. The project – first added to the state’s Six-Year Road Plan in 2012 – will widen the westbound…

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Elementary schools committed to student intervention, achievement

Leaders at South Hancock and North Hancock elementary schools outlined their schools’ approaches to Response to Intervention (RTI) efforts aimed at assisting students with learning and behavior needs at the Feb. 22 meeting of the Hancock County School Board. South Principal Jennifer Howe said the school has implemented several efforts to meet the needs of…

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Sprinkler malfunction forces schools dismissal Tuesday

Hancock County Schools were dismissed district-wide on Tuesday after a sprinkler malfunctioned in a mechanical room at Hancock County High School on Sunday. Superintendent Robert Asberry said the sprinkler flowed for at least two hours early Sunday morning, with the water damaging electrical and communications systems for the district. Internet and phone communications hardware is…

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COVID-19 still a very real threat to public health

  Despite a call from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to “forget the tribalism” from the political division surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and scale back enduring emergency public health measures, Governor Andy Beshear is not so sure. In reporting from Melissa Patrick at Kentucky Health News, Beshear said, “To fully unwind a state of emergency…

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Hancock Schools dismisses for two days due to illness staffing shortages

Hancock County Schools were dismissed from classes Jan. 28 and Jan. 31 due to staffing shortages among teachers, classified staff and bus drivers, brought on by illness within the district, mostly due to COVID-19 infection. Assistant Superintendent Nick Boling, Director of Pupil Personnel for the district, said while illness from such things as influenza or…

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Emmick elected chair of School Board, Kennedy finishes eight years

  The Hancock County School Board has restructured its leadership team, electing Board member David Emmick as chairperson. Emmick replaces Allen Kennedy, who served as chair for eight years. “I love the job, but it was time for a change,” Kennedy said. “I love being a Board member, but there are four other qualified people…

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Hancock Schools tops region in K-PREP scoring

 

Hancock County High School Principal Ginger Estes accepted recognition from Superintendent Robby Asberry for the school achieving No. 1 in the region with a score of 39.5 in math and 37.1 in science. Hancock County Schools is among the top schools in the region in results from the 2020-2021 K-PREP testing, now known as Kentucky…

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