Honoring students and teachers and proposing next year's school calendar were the topics of discussion among Laurel County school board members during Monday evening's brief meeting.

School Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett introduced the teachers and students to be recognized first, praising each for their accomplishments.

Three Laurel County teachers were named as the Campbellsville University Teacher in Excellence award - Cindy Storm from Johnson Elementary, Amy Gaines from South Laurel Middle School, and Jamie Davis from North Laurel High School.

All three teachers are native Laurel Countians and graduates of Laurel County High School (now South Laurel). Storm graduated in 1990 and is currently employed at Johnson Elementary. She is in her 23rd year of teaching. Gaines teaches eighth grade social studies at SLMS and graduated from high school in 1986. Davis, a 1988 Laurel County High graduate, has been teaching for 27 years and currently teaches math for ninth and twelfth graders at NLHS.

"These teachers were nominated by parents, principals, teachers, students and picked by a board," Bennett said. "The official ceremony will be at Campbellsville University on May 11."

Five students were also recognized during Monday's meeting. Those students have been accepted to prestigious educational programs for high school and graduate students for excelling in math and science.

Paizley Stewart and Will White from North Laurel High School and Gavin McCoy from South Laurel High were all accepted to The Craft Academy at Morehead State University. Selection to this program will allow high school juniors to complete their remaining two years at the academy but will return to their home school for graduation exercises with their class. They will receive dual high school and college credits for their classwork while participating in the program.

Allison Pham, from North Laurel High School, was also selected for The Craft Academy as well as The Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University. Pham chose to participate in The Gatton Academy. Her selection was one of 95 Kentucky sophomore students picked for her high GPA and extra curricular activities.

Adam McCowan, a senior at NLHS, was also recognized for his selection to the U.S. Naval Academy. This is a four year co-educational federal service academy outside Annapolis, Maryland. This facility trains officers for the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps since 1845. McCowan was one of over 16,000 applicants and one of 1,370 chosen for this program.

Once the recognitions were over, board members moved on to regular business - which included discussing the 2019-2020 school calendar. Bennett said the discussion was a preliminary procedure and the calendar would be adopted at the next meeting. That calendar sets the first day of classes for students on Aug. 8 and the school year, barring bad weather dismissals, ending in mid-May. Bennett said next year's calendar was similar to this year's, with fall, spring and Christmas breaks falling around the same time. He also said there were four holidays for students and teachers and four professional development days for teachers as well as four learning days.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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