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2018-2019 calendar survey

The School Calendar Committee will prepare and recommend a school calendar for the upcoming school year to the Board of Education for adoption [required by KDE on or before May 15 of each year]. The committee shall consist of one district principal; one district office administrator other than the superintendent; one local Board member; two parents of students; one district elementary teacher; one district middle or high teacher; two district classified employees; and two community members. The committee will review calendar drafts, consider suggestions received on the survey, and make an effort to implement recommendations from school principals in developing a school calendar that reflects what is in the best interest of students. The committee will determine what is most appropriate in placing the four [4] professional development days, opening day, closing day, make-up days, four [4] holidays, and other days the district must be closed such as election days. The Board of Education has the final decision-making power in establishing the school calendar.

If you would like to make suggestions for the calendar committee to consider, please complete the following survey.

The committee members are to consider all input in developing the school calendar.


If you would like to complete the 2018-2019 calendar survey please click here


Garrard Pension Reform Forum

A pension reform forum was held at Garrard Middle School on November 2, 2017. Panelists included Representative Jonathan Shell, Senator Tom Buford, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler. The recorded video is posted below:




Archery*5th Place*Somerset


Congratulations!! Andrew Smith 5th Place elementary male for PLES at Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament. 

Tax Hearing Notice

The Garrard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing at the Garrard Education Center, located in Lancaster, Kentucky on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 5:30 PM for the purpose of hearing public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 67.5 cents on real property and 67.5 cents on personal property. 



We are live stream the Eclipse from the board office. video is available on our YouTube channel.



NTI day 1

Monday, August 21st is an NTI/Golden Lion Day for Garrard County Schools.  Students were given work and instructions by their teachers. Teachers will be available for contact by phone or email from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to provide assistance and answer student questions.

 Online versions of the packets are available here 

Parents, Students and Guardians, It is not the expectation of Garrard County Schools that students must view the solar eclipse on Monday, even if an assignment may imply otherwise.  The decision to view the solar eclipse is completely up to parents and guardians. 

PLE Welcomes New Teachers & New Principal


Jenny Best, 3rd Grade


Liz Erwin, Principal


Stephanie Gentry, Special Ed.


Welcome Ms. Liz Erwin * PLE Principal


Ms. Erwin is a very talented person and comes with a wealth of educational experience.  She has worked at Woodlawn Elementary School in Boyle County as an Assistant Principal and prior to that at Danville Independent Schools as Curriculum and Assessment Coach.  She spend five years with the Kentucky Association of School Coucils as an Education/Training Leader. Other experience includes 9 years as an Elementary Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Tolliver Elementary and two years at New Haven School.  Ms. Erwin is excited to get to know the students, staff and parents of Paint Lick Elementary School.  Welcome to Paint Lick Elementary!!

Welcome Ms. Liz Erwin * PLE Principal

Ms. Erwin is a very talented person and comes with a wealth of educational experience.  She has worked at Woodlawn Elementary School in Boyle County as an Assistant Principal and prior to that at Danville Independent Schools as Curriculum and Assessment Coach.  She spend five years with the Kentucky Association of School Coucils as an Education/Training Leader. Other experience includes 9 years as an Elementary Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Tolliver Elementary and two years at New Haven School.  Ms. Erwin is excited to get to know the students, staff and parents of Paint Lick Elementary School.  Welcome to Paint Lick Elementary!!

Back to School


PLE:  Registration-August 3, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
2017-18 Supply List


Retiring Staff


Larry Sparks (PLE), Susie Browning (LES), Beth Bolton Prather (LES), Susan Elam (PLE), Deb Hopkins (GMS), and Debbie Swinny (LES)

The Garrard County Retiring Staff was honored at Thursday's board meeting.  Mr. Corey Keith, Superintendent, thanked the staff members for serving the students of Garrard County and wished them the very best as they begin retirement.

Ms. Elizabeth Erwin*PLE Principal


Ms. Erwin is a very talented person and comes with a wealth of educational experience.  She is currently the Assistant Principal at Woodlawn Elementary School in Boyle County.  Prior to her three years in that role, she was Curriculum and Assessment Coach for Danville Independent Schools.  She also spent five years with the Kentucky Association of School Councils as an Education/Training Leader.  Other experience includes nine years as an Elementary Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Edna L. Tolliver School and two years as a teacher at the New Haven School.  Ms. Erwin states, "I am so excited to get to know the students, staff and parents of Paint Lick Elementary School.  I look forward to partnering with the community as we continue the tradition of excellence that has been established in this great school."  Corey Keith, Superintendent of Garrard County Schools, said the following, "We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Erwin to our school family.  She was selected from a very talented group of applicants.  I think the SBDM Council for all of their hard work during the process." Ms. Erwin will assume her duties on July 1.

Summer Break


PLE Principal

Paint Lick Elementary School is in the process of selecting a replacement for Mr. Larry Sparks, who is retiring. The SBDM Council would like your input.  A survey has been developed that allows stakeholders to share which qualities are important to them when considering a candidate for principal. There are two ways to take the survey. Hard copies are available at the front office of Paint Lick Elementary School or you can click the link below to access the online version. The survey will close at midnight on Sunday, May 28th.

Online Survey


Garrard County High School Graduation 2017

Garrard County High School Graduation will be tonight 5/19/17 at 7 PM.

Click the link below to watch it streamed Live starting at approximately 5pm


This Live stream will be recorded and available on our YouTube page if you are unable to watch it live

Graduating Class of 2017*Walk through the schools*Present Honorary Diplomas



Congratulations * Teacher of the Year * Kristin Long

Jimmy Cox, Kristin Long, Corey Keith, Superintendent

Congrats to Kristin Long for being recognized as Central Record Teacher of the Year!  Also Congrats to all the teachers selected to be recognized from the district.

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 Kistin Long*Kalem Grasham*GCHS**Lisa Combs, Andrew Pickerill*GMS  
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       Paula Turner*Larry Sparks*PLE**Heather Middleton*Scott Bolin*CDR

Kristy Marcum*Tracie Bottoms*LES

Corey Keith * Garrard County Superintendent


Congratulations Corey Keith!! Corey Keith has served as Acting Superintendent for the past year, and was chosen by the Garrard County Board of Education to be the Superintendent of Garrard County Schools for the next four years. Mr. Keith is excited about continuing the good work in the district and feels blessed to work with the administrative team and staff.  A reception was held in his honor on May1


Preschool Screening


2017 Elementary Governor's Cup Competition

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Garrard County was very well represented in Regional Elementary Governor's Cup Competition.  FIfteen teams make up the region including Camp Dick Robinson Elementary, Lancaster Elementary and Paint Lick Elementary.
 In Quick Recall, Lancaster finished 3rd and Paint Lick was 4th.
In Mathematics, Lancaster's Mason Seagraves was 2nd and Paint Lick's Vivianna Weaver was 5th.
In Science, Lancaster's Jordan Viele and Brodie Calihan were 1st and 2nd,  Paint Lick's Sydney Putman was 3rd.
In Social Studies, Paint Lick's Elise Culross was 4th.
In Language Arts, Lancaster's Presley Applegate was 1st, Camp Dick Robinson's Abigal Meyer was 5th
In Arts and Humanities, Paint Lick's Elise Culross was 2nd.
In the overall standings, Lancaster was 3rd and Paint Lick was 5th.
Congratulations to our students and coaches-we are proud of you!

Grasham and Keith * House Education Chair & Secretary of Workforce and Education


Superintendent Corey Keith and GCHS Principal Kalem Grasham met with House Education Chair Bam Carney and Secretary of Workforce and Education Hal Heiner in Frankfort. State Representative Jonathan Shell also attended the meeting.

PLE * District Governor's Cup


Congratulations to the PLE Academic Team for winning the District Governor's Cup competition.  They took 1st place in Math, Language Arts, Arts & Humanities, and Social Studies, 2nd place in composition, 3rd and 4th place in Social Studie and Science.  They placed 2nd place in Quick Recall and 2nd Place in Future Problem Solving. 

LIVE LIFE by the SEAMS 5K run/walk * GCHS Baseball
Paint Lick Elementary AR Leaders


   These students are the Top 10 Accelerated Readers for the first semester at Paint Lick Elementary School (left to right): Benjamin Brenda, Peyton Hacker (tie), Noah Brown, Sydney Putnam, Christian Faye, Kara Culross, Vivianna Weaver, Lydia Arnold (school leader), Eleanor Srsic, Libby Lester (tie), Aundrea Ramirez.

   Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading program where students read books and then take computerized quizzes to assess them on four areas: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills and Textbook Quizzes.  Students receive points based upon their quiz scores. The Accelerated Reader program builds a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Golden Lion Day 3

Due to illness, Friday, February 24 will be NTI/Golden Lion Day #3. Students should complete the appropriate assignments that were sent home in the red folders. The assignments can also be accessed from the district webpage. (Follow the "Golden Lion Day" link in the Quick Links section. The password is "garrard")

Online versions of the packets are available here

Infinite Campus Move

KDE and Infinite Campus have recently decided to move all of the district's Infinite Campus servers from Frankfort to the Infinite Campus data center.  

This means two things for staff, students, and parents:

First, Infinite Campus will be unavailable from 12/23/16 until 12/30/16.

Second, once the move is complete the address for the site will change for both the application page as well as the parent portal.

This will mean that bookmarks and icons pointing to the current address will not work after the switch over. You will want to delete these to prevent confusion after we return from winter break.

We will update the district page during that week so the link on the webpage will work.

The new addresses will be:

https://kyede4.infinitecampus.org/campus/garrard.jsp  - PRODUCTION APPLICATION URL 

https://kyede4.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/garrard.jsp - PARENT PORTAL APPLICATION URL 


This will not affect the mobile app.

PLE Archery Team News

Paint Lick Elementary held an intramural tournament  at the school recently.




Team members, left to right: Machaela Jones, Dylan Isaacs, Christian Fayne, Kash White, Coach Jennifer Speake, Libby Lester, Ava Swope, Matthew Runyan, Logan Speake, Justin Parsons, Andrew Smith, Ella Srsic, J.T. Parsons.




Archery Top Three, left to right: 1st place-Kash White, 2nd place-J.T. Parsons, 3rd place-Logan Speake

Peter Pan @ PLE

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Paint Lick Elementary presented three excellent performances of Christmas in Neverland!!  Students, teachers, parents and staff all worked very hard to make this a wonderful performance.  

Current Winner's Circle Champions


Peter Pan @ PLE (Continued)

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PLE Jump Rope for Heart Participants


1st Row Left to Right: Landon Fanin, London Howard, Braeden Shell, Matthew Valentour, Karoline Tudor, Noehmi Ramirez, Ryan Noe, Sam Jennings, Hailey Gatliff

2nd Row Left to Right: Nathan Valentour, Lucas Fannin, Logan Robinson, Aiden Jennings, Eli Gaffney, Sarah Floyd, Kaden Ellis, Mattie Doolin, Olivia Denny, Haley Hunt, Parker Woolums

3rd Row Left to Right: Michaela Jones, Zachary Raybourne, Gabriel Doolin, Jaydon Noe, Johnathan Robinson, Tabby Powell, Collin Noe, Emma Powell, Cadin Perkins, Dawsin Perkins, Christopher Middleton

4th Row Left to Right: Marisa Bukky, Sarah Jennings, Brianna Shell, Haileigh Lawrence, Audrey Jennings, Mr. Prewitt, Madilyn Combs, Makenna Allen, Jaylynn Albright, Abby Adams, Hayden Grow (not in picture: Elijah Seals, Katelyn Walton)

PLE Beta Club Community Project

These fifth grade Beta Club students at Paint Lick Elementary School are on a mission to help clean up their community and Garrard County by encouraging people to not litter. Each student wrote a letter to  Judge Executive John Wilson asking if he could help them get a couple of Do Not Litter signs on Highway 52. Mr. Wilson agreed to help.


Pictured with Garrard County Judge Executive John Wilson are PLE Beta students: Front row, left to right: J.T. Parsons, Jaydon Noe, Elise Culross, Kenzie Sowder, Sarah Jennings, Molly Abney, Vivianna Weaver

2nd row, left to right: Keannah Childress, Marisa Bukky,  Judge Executive John Wilson, Mary Ellen Coleman, Paytin Dailey, Shelia Hacker, Aundrea Ramirez, Kassidy Hunt


PLE Winner's Circle

The classroom with the highest attendance for November is Mr. Jeremy Thompson's 5th grade with 98% attendance. The students are the 'Winner's Circle" champions for this accomplishment at Paint Lick Elementary School.

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From left to right
First row: Joseph Cope, Blake Hendrix, Kash White, Kaden Fain, Dylan Issacs, Alex Woodall, Kenzie Sowder, Jaydon Noe, Sarah Jennings, Keannah Blythe, Camila Cordova
Second row: Lacey Hounshell, Marissa Bukky, Sydney Sultzbach, Noah Brown, Cody Howard, Dylan Hanley, Eric Teoyotl, Molly Abney, Lane Hembree 
Third row: Paytin Dailey, Mary Ellen Coleman,  Matthew King, Cadance Stokes, Courtney Coleman, Cameron Lear, Kylee Secrist

PLE Winner's Circle

Mrs. Rose Hay's third graders are being recognized for having the highest attendance for February at Paint Lick Elementary School. The classroom's overall attendance for February was 97.36%. Congratulations third graders!


Back Row: Rose Hay-Teacher, Alyssa Odum, Alex Hounshell, Ashlynn Woodall, Christopher Middleton, Andrew Holmberg, Micah Noe, Toby Arnold, Mason Hacker. 


Front Row: Brayden Gray, Zacharee Stacy, Zachary White, Bethany Ramirez, Haileigh Lawrence, Gabriel Doolin, Logan Ballard, and Kylie Lucas.



Paint Lick Elementary Archery Team


Front row: (left to right) Michaela Jones, J.T. Parsons, Libby Lester, Dylan Isaacs, Christian Fayne

Middle row: (left to right) Melody Srsic-Coach, Logan Speake, Kash White

Back row: (left to right) Head Coach Jennifer Speake, Justin Parsons, Matthew Runyon, Ella Srsic, Ava Swope, Andrew Smith, Carol Smith-Coach

Paint Lick Elementary Beta Club


Front row (left to right): Eric Teoyotl, Dylan Isaacs, Sarah Jennings, Kenzie Sowder, Logan Speake, Lydia Arnold, Elise Culross, Vivianna Weaver
Second row (left to right): Cody Howard, Matthew Runyon, Kash White, Camila Cordova, Sydney Sultzbach, Keannah Childress, Jaydon Noe, J.T. Parsons, Lillian Secrist, Marisa Bukky, Aundrea Ramirez, Eli Anderson, Christian Fayne, Caitlyn Wilson

Third row (left to right): Peyton Hacker,  Kylee  Secrist,  Caidance Stokes, Mary Ellen Coleman, Paytin Dailey, Molly Abney, Eleanor Srsic, Shelia Hacker, Rylan Miller

Fourth row (left to right): Cameron Lear, Ethan Graves (not pictured-Kassidy Hunt, Matthew King, Kaden Fain, Michael Collins, Lacey Hounshell

PLE Readers Are Leaders


Giles and Ellen Shell with 5th graders



Mr. Corey Keith shares a fun book with 2nd graders


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 Maria Roberts with her son Sam


 Special guests have been visiting Paint Lick Elementary School.  With the school's "Readers Are Leaders" program, special guests are invited throughout the school year to read, talk about their career and emphasize the importance of reading. 

     Mrs. Maria Roberts with the Lexington Fire Department visited the first graders recently and explained to students the duties of her job. Students were very attentive as they learned about the equipment and her responsibilities.

     Mr. and Mrs. Giles Shell were recent guest readers with fifth graders. They shared a great book 'On the Farm' with the students and talked about their career in agriculture.

     Monday, second graders also had an awesome guest reader, Mr. Corey Keith, Acting Superintendent of Garrard County Schools. Mr. Keith talked with students about the importance of reading for a successful career and read a Little Big Book, 'Rudolph' to the students.

Paint Lick Elementary Flag Team


  Logan Speake, Kash White, and Lane Hembree don't mind the extra responsibility to do something they enjoy.  The fifth graders at Paint Lick Elementary School say it is an honor to raise and lower the flags which includes the American flag, the Kentucky flag and the National Blue Ribbon flag each school day.


  The boys were taught by last year's flag team  how to hook the flags to the pole as well as proper flag etiquette.  Students selected are dependable and trustworthy.  They make a point for the American flag to never touch the ground.


  The students listen to the daily news to decide whether the American flag needs to be lowered to half staff as a symbol of respect or mourning.  Weather is another factor they consider before raising the flags.