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Apply Now for ACTC Summer II

June 8 is the deadline to apply for Summer Session II classes at Ashland Community and Technical College.

Summer classes give recent high school graduates a chance to experience college level work before starting fall courses. Continuing students can complete their college program in a shorter time, and adults seeking new skills and knowledge for work advancement can complete a course in just five weeks.

Summer II classes are offered in general education subjects required for nearly every associate and bachelor degree. These classes include communications, math, science, social science and heritage/humanities subjects, and they provide basic knowledge and skills required for any major area of study.

Online general education courses are Intro to Art, Intro to Biology, Intro to Communications, Intro to Intercultural Communication, History of the US Through 1865, History of the US Since 1865, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Intro to Religious Studies, Intro to Sociology, Modern Social Problems, Writing I and Writing II.

Also online are Digital Literacy, Pre-Algebra, Basic Algebra, Criminal Justice courses in Law Enforcement and Criminal Procedures, and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education classes in Literacy / Language and Science / Math.

Classes held at the College Drive Campus include General College Chemistry II and Lab, Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab, General Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Improved College Reading, Reading for College Classroom and Writing II.  A Welding Undercarriage Lab course is offered at the Technology Drive Campus.

Summer session II classes start June 22 and end July 23.  In-state tuition and fees are $151 per credit hour, and residents of neighboring Ohio and West Virginia counties qualify for in-state tuition.

Admission forms and class schedules are on the web at: For more information, call the Admissions Office, 606-326-2000.

Financial Aid is available for summer classes to those who qualify.  After filling out the ACTC admission form, new students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at:

For help with the FAFSA or to predetermine your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant or other aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid, 1-855-246-2282.

Honors Society Receives Awards

ACTC’s Alpha Omega Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been named a Five-State Chapter for the 18th consecutive year. The award was presented at the Kentucky Regional Convention held in April in San Antonio, Texas.

The ACTC Chapter also received a Distinguished Chapter, Honors in Action Project, Honors in Action Theme and College Project Awards. Distinguished Chapter Officer Awards went to Chapter President John C. Chapman, a Catlettsburg resident, and Vice President for the College Project Rachel M. Pennington, an Ashland resident. A Distinguished Chapter Member award went to Ashland resident Katlyn M. Hunt.

Associate Professor John M. Davis received a Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award. Professor Dan G. Bailey received both Kentucky and International Continued Excellence Awards for Advisors. He also received a plaque in recognition of his six years as the Advisor Representative on the Phi Theta Kappa International Board of Directors.

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. There are over 2.5 million members in 1,285 chapters worldwide. The Kentucky Region has 22 chapters.

ACTC Honor Society Induction

Two ACTC students from Louisa, Amanda L. Bartley and Charles E. Devaney III, have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges.

The Induction Ceremony for the Alpha Omega Gamma Chapter on May 1 included a welcome by ACTC President Kay Adkins.  Steve Woodburn, Dean of Student Success & Enrollment Services, gave the keynote address.

To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 18 hours of coursework that can be applied toward an associate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.25. 

Chapter members participate in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship projects and are eligible to apply for Phi Theta Kappa scholarship to four-year colleges and universities.  The advisors are Professor Danny Bailey and Associate Professor John Davis.

Free Healthcare Career Camp

Middle school and high school students can come to a Career Craze Healthcare Camp at ACTC in June to explore their career choices in healthcare fields. 

“Healthcare is a logical choice for careers in the Ashland area because of the many job opportunities available and because healthcare continues to be a strong field of the future,” said Karen Coburn, ACTC Community Education Coordinator.

The hands-on camp for students aged 12 to 16 will be held June 16 and 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus.  

Students will explore different aspects of healthcare as they work with ACTC faculty, meet healthcare professionals from different fields and visit a medical helicopter and fire truck.

Health care programs at ACTC include Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing (LPN), Surgical Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic, Health Care Technology and Respiratory Care-Advanced Practitioner. Kentucky Medication Aide (KMA), State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) and Phlebotomy certificates are also available. 

ACTC also offers an Associate in Science Degree for students who want to transfer to four-year colleges or universities for bachelor’s degree programs in pre-medical or other health fields.

Enrollment is limited to 20 on a first-come basis.  To enroll or receive more information, contact ACTC External Education, 606-326-2072 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  To register online, go to and click non-credit classes.

The free career camp is offered through a grant from Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson’s office. 

Electrical/HVAC/Plumbing Continuing Education

ACTC will hold two recertification classes for Kentucky electrical and HVAC professionals on Saturday, June 20, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Technology Drive Campus. The classes are approved for continuing education by the KY Department of Housing, Building and Construction.

Analysis of NEC Upgrades is approved for Kentucky master electricians and electricians. Instructor Harold Henry will cover updates to the National Electrical Code.

Green Energy Management is approved for Kentucky Electrical Contractors and HVAC Journeymen and Masters. Instructor Kenneth Botts will cover topics such as Green Energy trends, techniques and tips.  

The fee for each class is $80, and enrollment is through ACTC Workforce Solutions, 606.326.2130, 800.928.4256 ext. 62130 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lawrence County Board of Education Regular Meeting

'Every Child College and Career Ready;

A Community Involved and Informed'

May 18, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Blaine Elementary School

Blaine, Kentucky




Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

The Pledge to the United States Flag



3.A. Blaine Elementary Presentations: Academic Team & Band

3.B. School & District Outstanding Volunteers

3.C. PBIS Team Recognition


4.A. Superintendent’s Update

4.A.1. Bus situation

4.A.2. Potential SIG funding

4.A.3. SOAR National Board Certification/Teacher Leader Update

4.A.4. School Community Days

4.A.5. Visit from Gubernatorial Candidate Hal Heiner

4.A.6. State tennis results

4.A.7. 4 students awarded the Diederich Scholarship

4.B. Public Comment


5.A. Approve Minutes of the May 4, 2015 Special Meeting & Tentative Budget Working Session III

5.B. Approve the Monthly Financial Report: Edris Humphrey, Finance Director

5.B.1. Bank Reconciliation Report  

5.B.2. MUNIS Balance Sheet and Monthly Financial Report  

5.B.3. Finance Update  

5.C. Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer 

5.D. Approve Consent Agenda items:  

5.D.1. Per diem and expenses for members present  

5.D.2. Contracts:  

5.D.2.a. Renewal: KEDC 2015-2016 Cooperative Membership Agreement: $1,067.67 

5.D.2.b. Professional Development Services: Running Record Training (one day); Bev Ray, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader & Comprehensive Intervention Model Coach: $500

5.D.2.c. KDE Community Education Memorandum of Agreement (MOA); July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016: $20,000

5.D.2.d. KDE Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Family Resource/Youth Service Centers FY 15: $225,644.16

5.D.3. Requests:   

5.D.3.a. Fundraisers:   

5.D.3.a.1. Louisa East Elementary School 

5.D.3.b. Trip Requests:

5.D.3.b.1. Out of State: LCHS Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team to Basketball Camp at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina; June 16, 2015 to June 19, 2015; Coach Travis York

5.D.4. For Review:  

5.D.4.a. School Activity Fund Reports: March (eMeeting)   

5.D.4.b. SBDM/Advisory Council Minutes (LWES, BES, FES)

5.D.4.c. Monitoring Visit/Report for Louisa East/West Family Resource Center

5.D.4.d. Fallsburg Elementary School Donations

5.E. Construction:

5.E.1. Approve LCHS Renovation Project (BG # 12-019) Codell Construction’s Pay Application (Contractor/Supplier: American Tile Company, Inc.): $6,487.90

5.F. School Pathway to Proficiency Accountability Dashboard Reporting: Principals

5.F.1. Introduction: Dr. Fletcher, Superintendent

5.F.2. Louisa West Elementary (K-1): Debbie Delong, Principal; Louisa East Elementary (2-5): Mary Hall, Principal; Blaine Elementary School (K-8): Shawn Jennings, Principal; Fallsburg Elementary School (K-8): Angela Holmes; Louisa Middle School (6-8): Tommy Castle, Principal; Lawrence County High School (9-12): Christy Moore, Principal

5.G. District Pathway to Proficiency Accountability Dashboard Reporting:
       Chief Academic Officer Cassandra Webb and Superintendent Fletcher

5.H. Approve 2015-2016 Read to Achieve Assurance Statement (Reading Recovery & CIM Grant) for Fallsburg Elementary

5.I. Approve Application for 2015-2016 Non-Traditional Instructional Program for Returning Districts 

5.J. Approve Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Morehead State University for 2015-2016 Dual Credit Program

5.K. Approve Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with KDE for Hybrid PGES Coach/Teaching Opportunity

5.L. Approve First Reading of revisions to Policy 09.423 Use of Alcohol, Drugs and Other Prohibited Substances and Policy 09.123 Policy Absences and Excuses 

5.M. Approve review of Procedures 

5.N. Approve Lawrence County Section 504 Forms Updated April 2015

5.O. Approve permission to bid Special Education Department Services for 2015-16 School Year:  Physical Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, Psychological Services

5.P. Approve district insurances for 2015-2016

5.Q. Approve2015-2016 Lawrence County SchoolsTentative Budget

5.R. Approve Wal-Mart to use Lawrence County Schools’ mascots/logos

5.S. Approve to enter Executive Session for the purpose of student expulsion hearing pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(f)

5.T. Approve return to Open Session

5.U. New Business


6.A. Approve Leave of Absence

6.B. Approve Lawrence County Schools 2015-2016 Salary Schedule

6.C. Approve Lawrence County Schools 2015-2016 Payroll Calendar

6.D. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES):  Monthly Update

        Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Superintendent

6.D.1. Schedule a Capstone Presentation for Superintendent Evaluation

6.E. Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update


Lawrence County schools weekly UPDATE

May 22, 2015

Fletcher says burned bus was 'duly maintained and inspected'  

BLAINE – In the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education Monday night at Blaine School, the members of the Board and the audience were treated to music, a presentation of awards to school volunteers and details regarding student achievement.

With a district high of 4,122 hours logged of volunteer efforts, Blaine Principal Shawn Jennings accepted the honor of retaining the volunteer banner from Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and District Parent Involvement Coordinator Betty Mullins. He lauded the efforts of the school’s volunteers and Jennifer Boggs was recognized with a plaque from the District.

Blaine BOE meeting may 2015- Community members gathered aroung Supt/ Dr. Robbie Fletcher and the lawrence County BOE this month when the board decided to meet in different locations during the year

Mrs. Dawn Rose of Louisa East Elementary was recognized as the District’s outstanding individual volunteer, while Mariann Mueller was recognized for her volunteer efforts at Louisa Middle School, Neil Wilson was recognized for volunteering at Lawrence County High School and Cathy Webb was recognized for volunteerism at Fallsburg.

The Blaine School band, under the direction of Ms. Jessica Crittenden, entertained the attendees of the meeting with a pair of musical selections and Mrs. Rhonda Colvin recognized the schools’ PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) teams school by school. PBIS has been a major factor in reducing the number of behavior related incidents district wide and Lawrence County Schools has been recognized for implementation with fidelity of the PBIS method of student intervention, according to Colvin.

Dr. Fletcher went on to brief the board on the fire that destroyed a Lawrence County school bus driven by Brian Ratliff.

“When I arrived I could see smoke and the bus, but I could not see the kids and that made my heart drop,” Fletcher said. He went on to explain that the kids had been removed a safe distance from the bus by Mr. Ratliff, and then related how the fire had appeared to be extinguished, only to engulf the entire bus. Dr. Fletcher noted the bus had been duly maintained and inspected according to policy and procedure and further investigation into the fire was forthcoming.

He also updated the Board on the potential of another round of School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding for the District to continue improvements at Lawrence County High School and the Board was then informed regarding Pathway to Proficiency Dashboard Data by each building principal.

Both Chairman D. Heath Preston and member Barbara Robinson expressed concern over the fact that many students remain below grade level in mathematics and reading. Preston said, “We want to do, and are committed as a Board to doing whatever it takes to get our kids at or above grade level academically. If there are additional things that we can do, we want to know what they are so we can get there.”

Additionally, parent Robin Preece Parker and her son, Aidan, expressed dismay at cuts to the school nurse program. She disclosed that her son battles a chronic health condition and is concerned over the impact that a reduction in staff has on students with health concerns.

Chairman Preston talked with Mrs. Parker and echoed her concerns and pointed out how the school nurse program began as one funded by outside sources but eventually became fully funded by the school district. Both Mr. Preston and Dr. Fletcher empathized with the Parkers and thanked the public for their comments on the issue.

The Board later went into executive session and returned later before adjournment.


Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

May 18, 2015



Substitute Custodian

Cody Diamond

Change of Position

Tiffany Brooks - From Clerk/Data Entry Assistant/Attendance Specialist to District Purchasing Assistant/Attendance Specialist 


Jennifer Jefferson- Teacher at Louisa Middle School effective 06/30/2015

Brenda Copley- Cook Baker (7hrs/day) at Lawrence County High School




Lawrence County Schools


School Secretary at Louisa West Elementary School


Clerk / Data Entry Assistant at the Lawrence County Board of Education


Applications available on the District Webpage:


Please return applications to:

Lawrence County Schools

ATTN: Vernon Hall

50 Bulldog Lane

Louisa, KY 41230

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