Free Meals to Kids 18 and Under, June 16 through Aug. 8

summer feed

This summer, the Oldham County Food Services program will be providing free breakfast and lunch to kids 18 years old and younger as part of the federal "Food That's In When School's Out" program. There are no other qualifications for the program, just the age limit, and there is no paperwork to fill out. Meals must be consumed on-site, they can not be carried out. Meals will be provided at La Grange Elementary Monday through Friday, June 16 through August 8. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 12-12:45 p.m.

For more information, call Graham Reynolds at 222-9454.

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OCS brings home top transportation mechanic award

20131218 harroff webFor two decades, David Harroff has kept Oldham County Schools buses running — that’s 120 buses, 491 trips per day, more than 1.7 million miles per year. Last week, he was recognized for his work as the Mechanic of the Year by the Kentucky Department of Education at the annual Student Transportation Association of Kentucky conference.

"He puts in long days every day of the week and doesn’t hesitate to work on weekends when necessary to make sure the districts buses are always ready to go,” said Director of Transportation James Stewart. "David is one of the most knowledgeable school bus mechanics in the state.”

That’s because Harroff joined the district in 1991 as a bus inspector and technician. He’s seen a thing or two.

“I don’t think there’s a part in this place that I haven’t installed,” Harroff said.

On a routine basis, Harroff coordinates the monthly inspection of the district’s 200 buses and chips in whenever the department is short-staffed. Harroff credits the board of education for supporting the transition to electronic work orders, which helps the department run smoothly and efficiently.

“99 percent of the state doesn’t have this system yet,” he said. Each work area in the district's 19-bay service facility is equipped with a computer work station for accessing fleet maintenance software. The work stations also provide the technicians with a valuable resource for accessing electronic repair manuals and manufacturer databases with in-depth repair and inspection procedures. It also allows other transportation staff to quickly check on the status of a particular bus.

The technicians use an electronic work order system that tracks preventive maintenance inspection intervals, parts inventory, vehicle repair history, technician productivity, and labor cost.

Harroff also led the district to adopting a new digital radio system, complete with GPS and an emergency button that directly pages both transportation and Oldham County Dispatch. Harroff — as well as emergency management officials — can see the location of a bus if the emergency button is used and can immediately send help.

Last summer, the Kentucky Department of Education presented Oldham County Schools' transportation department with the outstanding maintenance department award for 2013. The department also earned the award in 2009.
Stewart said the awards are a testament to the hard work of Harroff and his team."David and his staff provide very important support to the core mission of the transportation department and without his leadership we would not be as successful as a department,” Stewart said. “David takes ownership in his responsibilities and is always looking for ways to improve the service his department provides.”The transportation department is currently recruiting bus drivers to join the district team and is now offering increased wages. For more information, visit or call 222-9337.  

Superintendent to serve on Chamber board of directors

oldham chamber logoOldham County Schools Superintendent Will Wells has accepted a position on the Oldham Chamber and Economic Development board of directors, according to an announcement by chamber Executive Director Deana Karem.

Wells said he is excited for the opportunity to work with local businesses and to further foster the relationship between the business community and Oldham County Schools.

“Our students will continue to benefit through this partnership,” Wells said. “We hope to find additional opportunities for businesses to be involved in our district through sponsorships, mentoring, guest speakers and other venues.”

In addition, Wells said he hopes to continue promoting an initiative that allows chamber members to offer perks to school district employees.

“As the county’s largest employer — we have 1,800 teachers and staff members across the district — this is a great way to encourage our employees to shop local,” he said.

Karem said the appointment is a 1-year term that can be renewed on an annual basis. The school district has previously been represented by Gayle Johnson, assistant to the superintendent. However, Johnson retires from the district this month, and Karem said the executive committee agreed it was important to have that district voice as part of the board.

Wells will begin serving on the board in July. 

New workshops will help parents prepare their kids for kindergarten

A child’s first day of school is a big moment for any parent — but a new program coming to Oldham County Schools will help parents — and their children — be prepared for kindergarten. The district has received a grant to host a bornlearning Academy, a workshop series for parents about early childhood education.

On Monday, Governor Steve Beshear announced that La Grange Elementary will be one of 14 new academy sites supported by a $1 million investment by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. Another 25 sites will be added next year through federal Race To The Top funds.

“What (the academies) do is educate the parents on how to turn everyday activities and experiences with their young children into learning experiences,” Beshear said. “You can teach a child a lot before they get to kindergarten if you know what to do and how to grab a hold of those everyday experiences and use them as teaching tools.”

The bornlearning Academy initiative follows statewide implementation of the Brigance K Screen, which captures the readiness level of new, incoming kindergarten students. The K Screen data do not reflect a school’s kindergarten program — but provide a snapshot of what students know and are able to do upon entering kindergarten.

Results showed only half of Kentucky students entering kindergarten last year were considered “ready” on the Brigance K Screen. In Oldham County, 71 percent of students were considered “ready,” but Superintendent Will Wells said that number could — and should — be higher.

“We simply cannot wait until Oldham County kids enter kindergarten to begin their education,” Wells said. “Being prepared for kindergarten prevents students from falling behind from the very start, and this program gives us an opportunity to connect with parents of young children and show them how important their role is.”

Wells said parents know they should be working with their kids to prepare them, but they don’t always know what those skills are or how to teach them.

The bornlearning Academy is a series of six workshops focused on turning everyday moments into learning opportunities. Parents of young children prenatal to 5 are engaged in hands-on activities and discussion about what it means to be ready for kindergarten and by offering them strategies they can use at home to maximize their child’s early learning and development.

While La Grange Elementary will host the academy, it is open to the entire Oldham County community. Each monthly workshop will revolve around a specific topic, including building relationships, literacy, nutrition and health and learning on the go.

The bornlearning Academy was developed by Kenton County Schools, Early Childhood Education faculty from Northern Kentucky University and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. This model provides families the best tools available so children are ready to learn when they make it to school.

Connecting children to formative experiences in their early years is vital to future success. Children who are not prepared for kindergarten start out at a disadvantage and, without intervention, may continue to lag behind. According to a 2011 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school than those who read at a proficient level.

Wells said the academy also presents an opportunity for parents and children to gain insight and a level of comfort needed to help transition into school later. And, school leaders get to know families and their needs, all leading to long-standing and positive parent-teacher relationships.

“This academy builds on our work with other community partners to expand early childhood education efforts in our community,” Wells said. “We are thankful for the support of Metro United Way in this endeavor, and also our partners with the Rural KIPDA Community Early Childhood Council, the early childhood task force, the Oldham County Preschool and many others.”

The academy will begin later this year. More information on the program can be found at

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OCS Engineering Academy construction is underway

ocsengac-construction1Demolition is complete at the Arvin Education Center in the new Engineering Academy — block masons are finishing the walls! Teachers Terri Tinnell and Lynn Campbell, along with other OCS staff, have been meeting to be ready for the launch of the OCS Engineering Academy and Project Lead The Way!

ocsengac-construction1Arvin Education Center Office Manager Amber Waller has been busy ordering all the supplies for a great start of the school year in the new program! Meanwhile, district staff have been meeting with post-secondary administration to see what they have to offer our students in Engineering and all the programs at the Arvin Center! Follow the Arvin Education Center on Facebook and Twitter for updates!


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