Commonwealth Journal

Local News

April 28, 2014

In a Class of Their Own

Pulaski, Somerset & Southwestern among Kentucky’s finest high schools

(Continued)

Somerset —

(Visit http://tinyurl.com/lospezw for more information about the evaluation process.)
“It’s a great thing for our staff and our students to be recognized,” said Danita Ellis, Southwestern principal. “For Southwestern to be one of those (honored), it’s a tribute to how hard the staff and students work every day.”
Mike Murphy, principal at Pulaski County, referenced his school’s HUB status — as a school that had been considering underperforming that turned it around and now serves as a model for other schools — as a feather in their cap.
“Once again, our students have been recognized for their academic performance,” said Murphy. “This recognition, as well as our HUB school designation, conforms that we serve an amazing group of students at Pulaski County High School.”
Cornett noted that there was an emphasis placed on how students did in English and Algebra in the rankings’ criteria, and that’s one reason why Somerset excelled.
“There are quite a few of our students meeting proficiency in both areas; that’s a big one,” he said. “Our college and career readiness is very high, one of the highest in the state. That’s the ACT and CTE (Career and Technology Education) classes, completing industry requirements. ... We’ve shown high levels in that.”
Murphy said that AP (advanced placement) classes and advanced career track classes were key for Pulaski County.
“We have a couple of career tracks — engineering is a certified career track at Pulaski County, and just this week now, we’re bio-medical certified, one of only six in the states,” said Murphy. “Several colleges give college credits to students that take this classes. ... It’s evident that our community truly values and supports education and our staff puts the needs of students first.”
Ellis likewise credited the overall community support and values for helping create an environment where all three high schools could succeed.
“I think it’s just the value we place on education,” she said. “We recognize as a community how important it is for students to be very well-prepared for the next level. Our students answer the challenge every year and I think it’s pretty awesome.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Rift over firefighter pay finally history

    Somerset officials are closing the books on a years-long disagreement between the city and the state labor cabinet over overtime pay and other benefits for firefighters and EMS workers. 

    July 31, 2014

  • eubank school1.jt.jpg New cafeteria coming soon to Eubank Elementary

    Students at one elementary school in northern Pulaski County will be taking their lunches in the classroom for a bit while construction to its cafeteria continues. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • BURNSIDE LODGE-TURNER FOTO.jpg Turner to meet with commissioner on Burnside Island

    A state representative unhappy over secrecy surrounding possible privatization of General Burnside Island State Park said he will respond positively to an invitation to meet with Elaine Walker, commissioner of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Ca

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Derek Kissee.jpg Science Hill man charged in Rockcastle County beating

    A Science Hill man has been accused of beating and leaving another Pulaski County man for dead in an abandoned Rockcastle County rock qu

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kingsford Fire 07-29-2014 KS 09.jpg No injuries, minimal damage at Kingsford Plant

    A normal production day at the Kingsford Charcoal Plant in southern Pulaski County was halted for a few hours while firefighters worked to put out a small blaze at the plant. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 020313 SCC Rogers BLdg-0286.jpg SCC tabbed as one of top places to work

    A national publication dedicated to all things secondary education has named Somerset Community College one of the best in the nation to work for. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Warning: Robo phone scam targeting local residents

    Authorities are warning local residents of a possible phone scam.

    July 28, 2014

  • Baskin Robbins Reopens 07-29-2014 JT 17.jpg Baskin Robbins is back in Somerset

    Even with two Dairy Queens, a new Orange Leaf and an ice cream truck, Somerset residents have still been screaming for more ice cream.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK FOTO.JPG Heated sidewalks provide sparks for workers
    A heated sidewalk to melt snow and ice was “quite the thing” a half century ago in a small town like Somerset. This town’s first and only electrically warmed sidewalk was installed facing Fountain Square alongside First and Farmers National Bank when the bank’s downtown headquarters building was constructed in 1963-64.
    As snow fell, the warm sidewalk melted a walkway about 2 feet wide alongside the bank. It was the talk of the town; quite a gimmick.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 021614 Citizens 11 Boyd randolph.jpg Somerset Schools will fight ruling

    The recent hearing regarding the conflict with county schools over non-resident students might not have gone Somerset’s way, but that doesn’t mean they’re done fighting.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks