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Adult Education program hoping to see more GED students now that fees are waived Adult Ed

Recently, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has allotted $600,000 in funding to waive test fees for those seeking a GED diploma.

Marion County Adult Education Instructor Holly Buckman is optimistic that more adult learners will take advantage of the services the Adult Education program can offer now that the cost of the test is no longer an obstacle.

“Our hope is that we see even more people come in to work toward their GED this year,” Buckman said. 

Seven MCHS students advance to next round of GSP application process GSP students

Seven Marion County High School juniors have been selected to advance to the next round of the Governor’s Scholars Program’s application process. They are: Katie Beth Brady, Zachary Brady, Seth Caldwell, Zachary Essex, Josie Followell, Delaney Mattingly, and Samuel Thompson.

 “We had a very strong pool of applicants this year,” MCPS Gifted and Talented teacher Laurie Followell said. Throughout the year, Followell worked with students on completing and revising their applications. “All of the students spent a great deal of time working on their applications. They would work at home, during their lunch periods, or if they had extra time in the NextGen lab. So, we had a lot of strong applications due to a lot of hard work.“

Two MCPS administrators named to 2020 Kentucky Women in Education Leadership cohort KWEL 2020


Two Marion County Public Schools administrators have been named to the 2020 Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL) cohort. Glasscock Elementary Principal Angie Akers and Marion County Knight Academy Principal Sara Brady are among 33 exceptional women leaders from across the state that were selected to join KWEL by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.

“I’m incredibly proud to have these two exceptional district leaders join KWEL,” MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said. “I believe it shows that our district has some of the strongest, most dedicated school leaders in the state.”

According to a release from KASA, “KWEL is designed for women working in P-12 public education who wish to advance their careers. KWEL members benefit from a support system, leadership development opportunities, career advancement, shared experiences through a network of on-going professional growth and development, coaching and mentoring, and reward and recognition for exemplary leaders.”

Those selected were chosen through a competitive application process. The group will meet later this month in Louisville for an induction ceremony and leadership forum. 

Hardin named MCPS Student Ambassador of the Week AK Hardin

Marion County High School senior Anna Kate Hardin has been named the MCPS Student Ambassador of the Week by ambassador advisors Laurie Followell and Troy Benningfield.

“Anna Kate keeps us moving in the right direction when it comes to student ambassadors,” Followell said. “She has an exceptional attention to detail that allows us to get everything done effectively.  When given a task, Anna Kate sees it through to the end.  Her personality makes her a true leader and keeps us entertained.  She knows how to motivate others, and we are truly a stronger group because of her guidance.”  

This is Hardin’s third year as a student ambassador and she is a member of the group’s executive council.

MCATC students pass State Registered Nurse Aide exam MCATC Student Success

Eleven students from the Marion County Area Technology Center recently passed the State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) exam, which means the students are now industry certified and will become part of the official registry for nurses/nurse aides in Kentucky. Students from both Marion County High School and Washington County High School passed the exam.