New starting/dismissal times for the 2013-14 school year
• Start and ending times for students are changing this year as a result of streamlining bus routes. This results in slightly longer bus rides for some students and the need to have more time between elementary and middle/high school start and ending times. However, these cost-saving measures allowed us to retain more than 10 teachers who would have otherwise lost their jobs and protected important programs that are having a clear impact on student learning.
• Preschool: 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Elementary schools: 7:45 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
• Middle schools: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (OCMS dismissal at 3:40 p.m.)
• High schools: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (BAHS 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.)
• The district will continue with six early release days throughout the year. These days allow for teachers to meet professional development requirements while also still counting as a mandatory day under state guidelines. In essence, these early release days are a two-for-one and are more cost efficient then having an entire day off school for students. If we had a full professional day for teachers and students stayed home, they would have to make up that contact day. That would make the school year longer and there would be no transportation savings because we would have to transport the students on another day.
• Elementary schools: 12:20 p.m.
• Middle schools: 1:45 p.m. (OCMS at 1:40 p.m.)
• High schools: 1:45 p.m. (BAHS at 1:05 p.m.)
• Information on bus transportation for the 2013-14 school year will be available after Aug. 1
• For information on transportation, visit this page or call 222-9337
• Breakfast prices will remain the same this year, however, lunch prices will increase by .15 cents as part of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
• Breakfast: $1.10 for all grades
• Lunch — elementary: $2
• Lunch — middle and high: $2.25
• Lunch, grill line — middle and high: $2.65
• Applications for free and reduced lunch can be filled out and submitted online.
• Due to new state policies regulating school finances, parents may need to write two or more separate checks to cover student fees at the beginning of the school year. If a parent paid student fees for the 2013-14 school year prior to July 1, this change does not apply.
• We are nearing the end of the redistricting process for the 2014-15 school year.
• The third and final round of public forums will be held Aug. 19 (NOHS), 21 (SOHS) and 22 (OCHS), each starting at 6 p.m. It is important to arrive for the beginning of the session, as there will be a presentation about the proposed attendance boundaries to start the meeting. Attendees will then gather in small, facilitated groups to provide pros and cons of each proposal.
• Draft proposals and other information can be found online at: oldham.kyschools.us/redistricting. Currently, the first round of draft proposals are available online. The revised proposals, which will be discussed at the August forums, will be posted online in advance.
• The board of education will be presented with one or two final proposals at the board meeting Sept. 23. Board members will provide feedback and, if necessary, slight changes will be made. The board will then vote on the attendance boundaries at the Nov. 25 board meeting.
• All students will know of their 2014-15 school assignment by January 2014.
• We greatly appreciate all the feedback and insight parents and community members provided in the first two rounds of forums and we look forward to hearing their input in August. We believe our new redistricting process has encouraged transparent, two-way communication, and we hope parents and community members feel the same way.
Operation: PARENT and Our Lady of Peace
Two partners have joined us on our Buckner campus, in the old administrative building behind BAHS. Both are offering invaluable services to parents and students and we are certain they will be a vital part of our community. We are a first for these types of programs to be so closely integrated in a public school district.
Operation: Parent started in Oldham County eight years ago and is on a mission to educate, equip, encourage and engage parents of teens and pre-teens. They offer classes for parents on everything from social media to drug and alcohol abuse, and many topics are relevant for parents with children as young as fifth grade. They also offer a nationally-recognized Parent Handbook that contains advice, statistics and more to guide parents as they tackle difficult topics. Please promote these events and the handbook to your families as you see fit, and especially make sure your counselors and PTAs are aware of these offerings.
In addition, Operation: Parent also has drug testing kits available for parents to purchase (no better excuse to say "no" than, "my mom keeps a drug kit in the house"), have a resource library and a community room. The community room — and if you haven't been in the building in a while, you'll be amazed — is available for counselor meetings, team meetings and other events.
For more info, visit operationparent.org or call 502-265-9045.
In addition, Our Lady of Peace, part of KentuckyOne Health, is offering an intensive outpatient program for students battling drug or alcohol addiction. There are additional programs there for students who are "dabbling" in drugs or alcohol. For info on these services, contact Assistant Superintendent Dan Orman at 241-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.