The number of families investigated for illegally sending their students to Oldham County Schools has significantly reduced and officials attribute the drop to an aggressive approach to tackling the issue.
During the 2011-2012 school year Oldham Schools took legal action against seven people and investigated nearly 100 claims that families were sending their students to the district from outside the county.
That’s illegal, but Oldham does have the best performing schools by far when compared to the counties that surround it. The four districts that surround it are all listed by the education department as “needs improvement.” Oldham is in the 96th percentile of Kentucky districts.
Assistant superintendent Dan Orman says despite media reports that focused on one Jefferson County parent—Charles Lauron, whose case is still pending—the complaints aren’t limited to any specific county.
“Families are coming from Trimble, Henry, Shelby. This isn’t just a Jefferson versus Oldham thing. We have a long and good history with Jefferson County Public Schools and think the world of what they do,” he says.
Last year, Orman says there were only 12 cases that were investigated and none where legal action was taken.
“When an organization pays attention to a rule or a law and in fact it’s enforced, it’s effective,” he says.
Oldham has become more diligent during the registration and enrollment process by ensuring every single parent, without exception, presents proper proof of residency, says a district spokeswoman.
Orman also attributes the difference in part to media attention. He says most families that are contacted are cordial and cooperate with the district and he rejects rumors that anyone has been ever been arrested or handcuffed.
Oldham County Schools Back-to-School Information:
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.