Oldham County Schools start year with new leader, major renovations

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County Schools and its 12,000 students start the year with a new superintendent and renovations to one of its middle schools. 

Greg Schultz is the new superintendent.  He began his career teaching at Oldham County High School in 1990, but he moved on to other challenges. His previous job was in Bullitt County as the assistant superintendent of student learning.  But he considers it a challenge to take over a district with a reputation for such high achievement. 

He plans to focus on students who are behind.

"We have great assessment scores but we have some students that are not performing at the level that we want to perform, so it's really taking those students as well as maintaining the high," said Schultz. 

Oldham County also has a growing population of students whose first language is not English. 

On a personal level, Schultz says he has two sons, one is a swimmer at U of L, going into his senior year. His other son is a freshman entering Bellarmine. His family has relocated to Oldham County.

Renovations to South Oldham Middle School are finished for the start of school. The biggest difference students will notice is that the front of the school now faces Highway 146. New construction has begun on the school house band and choral suites, as well as administrative offices. The old administrative offices will be converted into classrooms. With the additional classrooms, the capacity of the building goes from 700 to 775. The school will have all new technology and furniture.

The Arvin Education Center is also expanding. Construction has started to expand the building to 2 stories in the back to house the Engineering Academy and the Biomedical Academy. There will also be an addition of a multipurpose room, front office suite and lobby area. When complete, the square footage of the building will nearly double.

The Engineering Academy and Biomedical Academy area will be complete by August of 2017. The front office area will be complete by December of 2017.

More than 500 students are enrolled at the Arvin Education Center this year. Classes will go on as scheduled while construction continues. There should be no disruption to classes. The center currently offers programs in Engineering, Biomedicine, Sports Medicine, Culinary Arts, Automotive Technology, Nursing, Junior Guard, and it houses our YATP students (Young Adults Transition Program). Nursing is new this year - a partnership with Trilogy Health will allow students to complete certified nursing assistant course work and internship.

School Start Times:  (No changes this year)

     Elementary schools: 7:40 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 3:10 p.m.)

Breakfast/Lunch Prices: 

Breakfast prices will remain the same this year; however, lunch prices will increase by 10 cents as part of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

    Breakfast: $1.10 for all grades

    Elementary lunch: $2.20

    Middle and high lunch: $2.45

    Middle and high grill line: $2.85



Parents and schools will utilize the same electronic system as last year (eLink) for accessing transportation information, including pickup/drop-off times, and bus numbers. Oldham County does face a shortage of drivers and double runs can be expected again this year. Efforts are ongoing to recruit and train new drivers. 

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