Education Notes: Franklin County Career and Technical Center opens for HVAC education

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▪ Keith Spears has been named vice president for communication and assistant to the president at Campbellsville University.

Spears previously served as graduate and professional studies vice president at CU.

Spears came to CU in 2009. He has been located at the Louisville Education Center; his new office will be in the president’s suite on the main campus.

Spears will be handling general marketing for the university and regional centers including Louisville, Hodgenville, Harrodsburg and Somerset. He will also oversee the Offices of Broadcast Services, University Communications and International Education.


▪ Kentucky Association of Master Contractors Foundation unveils its School of Building Mechanical Sciences on Tuesday. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take at 11 a.m. at Franklin County Career and Technical Center, 1106 East Main Street, Frankfort. A reception and tour of the school will immediately follow the ceremony. The school offers two evening programs for plumbing and HVAC for adults ages 18 years and older. Classes begin Sept. 12 for the plumbing program and Sept. 13 for the HVAC program. Classes will be twice a week from 5 to 9 p.m. The program counts for 288 hours, and completing the program counts as one year of work experience toward sitting for the Journeyman test. For more information, go to

▪ Fayette County Public Schools has selected K&K Insurance Group to help make student accident coverage available to families. For those without other insurance, K&K’s plan is a resource to consider. Even if the student’s family does have other coverage, this plan can help fill gaps caused by deductibles and co-pays. Families may purchase this voluntary insurance for a student anytime during the school year.

For more info or to enroll online, go to

Some students might qualify for the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, based on family income. For more info, go to

▪ Students from households whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program. Fayette County Public Schools participates in the state’s direct certification, in which agencies provide lists of pre-qualified students. Households who are notified that their students have been directly certified do not need to complete an application. But if a household receives SNAP or KTAP benefits and does not receive a qualification letter from the district’s Child Nutrition office by Aug. 10, they will need to complete an application here.

In addition, students at nearly three dozen school sites will receive free meals during 2016-2017 through the Community Eligibility Provision, which allows school officials the option to provide free meals for every student in schools where at least 40 percent of the students qualify under direct certification. The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program reimburse the district for the cost at these CEP sites:

Elementary: Arlington, Breckinridge, Cardinal Valley, Deep Springs, Dixie, Glendover, Harrison, James Lane Allen, Julius Marks, Lansdowne, Mary Todd, Meadowthorpe, Millcreek, Northern, Russell Cave, Southern, Squires, Tates Creek, William Wells Brown and Yates.

Middle: Bryan Station, Crawford, Leestown, Lexington Traditional Magnet, Southern, Tates Creek and Winburn.

High: Bryan Station.

Other programs: Carter G. Woodson Academy, Family Care Center, Fayette County Preschool Center, Lexington Day Treatment, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, The Learning Center and The Stables.