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FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2017) —Kentucky eighth-graders headed for high school in the fall might find “High School Basics,” a four-page flyer, helpful. The free flyer can be ordered from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

“High School Basics” has sections about:

  • Credits and graduation requirements.
  • Calculating a GPA.
  • Reading a high school transcript.
  • The Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES).
  • Earning college credit while in high school.

Free copies are available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please remember to include a mailing address.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers KEES, need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

 

 

House Legislation to Support Students, Apprenticeships Signed Into Law

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 13, 2017) – Recently, Governor Matt Bevin gave his signature of approval to House Bill 206. This measure, sponsored by Rep. Bam Carney, R-Campbellsville, allows KEES money to be utilized by students who choose to take part in an apprenticeship, as opposed to attending a college or university. Students are increasingly turning to apprenticeships as an alternative to traditional higher education.

KEES, or the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, is funded by proceeds from the state lottery, and is awarded to students who receive at least a 2.5 high school GPA, on a sliding scale.

The legislation is a key part of an effort to expand non-traditional and technical education, an acknowledgment that a four-year, university pathway does not work for everyone. Employers increasingly cite the lack of a prepared workforce as a hindrance to investing further in the Commonwealth.

HB 206 also puts the dual credit scholarship program under the purview of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

This bill is the third piece of legislation that Rep. Carney has authored, and has had signed into law this session. Carney serves as chairman of the House Committee on Education.

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2017)Kentuckians planning for higher education will find “The College Circuit,” a booklet published by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (), to be a useful resource.

It can be used by students ranging in age from middle school to adults. Parents and counselors can also use it to help their students plan and pay for college. The booklet includes information about careers, college preparation, state and federal financial aid, tips for parents, online resources and a template for setting up a personal college plan.

Students and families will also find detailed information about the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program. The booklet shows the steps involved in applying for federal student aid and provides guidance on borrowing student loans.

To request copies, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the order form on www.kheaa.com.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers KEES, need-based grants and other programs to help students pay for college.

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

 

Gov. Bevin Makes Appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions


heath Preston Lawrence Co BOE Chair has been chosen by Gov. Matt Bevin for a spot on the State Safety Commission. Lazer file photoheath Preston Lawrence Co BOE Chair has been chosen by Gov. Matt Bevin for a spot on the State Safety Commission. Lazer file photoFRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2016) - Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

Susan Renee Brewer, Kevin Carter Stewart, Lisa Payne Jones, Timothy Leon Jessie, Derek Heath Preston, James Douglas Frank and Dale Allen McDowell have been appointed to the Center for School Safety Board of Directors.

Susan Renee Brewer, of Barbourville, is a special education teacher. Ms. Brewer shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. She will represent teachers.

Kevin Carter Stewart, of Bronston, is a pastor. Mr. Stewart shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. He will represent school council parents.

Lisa Payne Jones, of Owensboro, is a judge. Judge Jones shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. She will represent juvenile court judges.

Timothy Leon Jessie, of Edmonton, is an energy manager at Metcalfe County Board of Education. Mr. Jessie shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. He will represent classified school employees.

Derek Heath Preston, of Louisa, is self-employed. Mr. Preston shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. He will represent local school district boards of education.

James Douglas Frank, of Greensburg, is a school superintendent. Mr. Frank shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. He will represent superintendents.

Dale Allen McDowell, of Maysville, is an elementary school principal. Mr. McDowell shall serve for a term expiring July 27, 2018. He will represent local school administrators.

The Kentucky Center for School Safety was established in 1998 by the General Assembly to create safe, secure learning environments in Kentucky schools. It is the center for data analysis, research, allocation of information about successful school safety programs, research results and new programs. The Center for School Safety Board of Directors is composed of 12 members, seven of whom are appointed by the governor.

Preston responded to requests for comment by The Lazer today, (Feb. 10, 2017) :


"...On December 20, 2016 Governor Matt Bevin appointed D. Heath Preston to the Center for School Safety Board. Mr.Preston is the Board Chairman for Lawrence County Schools. On February the 9th their first meeting with the current and new board members was held. Jon Akers, the Executive Director stated;

The Kentucky Center for School Safety Board of Directors, all of whom are appointed by the governor, welcomed seven new board members to this governing board on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

The first order of business was to elect a new chairperson to conduct oversee the quarterly meetings. By unanimous decision, Heath Preston of Lawrence County was elected president.

Jon Akers, Executive Director of the Center, is pleased to be able to work with Mr. Preston and invites his leadership as chair of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Preston stated; "First I am honored and humbled by the appointment from Governor Bevin, then to be selected by this board to chairman is a priviledge. Not only will I be able to help ensure the safety of all the children in our schools throughout the commonwealth, I will be able to showcase Lawrence County Schools and the great things we are doing here."

The Kentucky Center for School Safety's Mission shall be to serve as the central point for data analysis, dissemination of information about school safety programs, research results, and new programs; and in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education and others, to provide technical assistance for safe schools.

D. Heath Preston
Chairman
Lawrence County Board of Education