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Elementary gym teacher indicted for sex abuse

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky gym teacher has been fired after he was indicted for felony sex abuse of a girl under 12 years old.

Eric Herald was fired from Newport Intermediate School on Friday.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/1xE4BJIhttps://cin.ci/1xE4BJI ) Herald had previously been accused of “conduct unbecoming” at a Boone County middle school. A Boone County school district spokeswoman says Herald was accused during a disciplinary hearing of cutting children’s hair. He resigned after the hearing.

Herald, 51, was a physical education teacher at Newport Intermediate School, hired in November 2013. He had been a substitute teacher for Newport Independent Schools since 2011.

School officials say Herald was removed from school immediately after police notified them of the allegations and was fired after the superintendent was notified of the indictment.



JCPS tries to improve supports for gay students

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jefferson County Public Schools has formed a districtwide committee in an effort to better accommodate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

The school district’s lead psychologist Joseph Bargione said the work group was formed after several school counselors said they needed additional resources to support those students.

In addition to efforts to provide more professional development to staff, Bargione said the group is discussing the possibility of creating “safe zones” in schools by training specific teachers or staff on how to deal with LGBT issues, The Courier-Journal reported (https://cjky.it/1F4eu5u).

District spokesman Ben Jackey said administrators are trying to provide support as they learn more about the challenges faced by LGBT students.

“We’ve got students that are struggling with this. They may be bullied, may be afraid to come out,” Jackey said. “We’ve got to find a way to provide supports around that.”

Until the formation of the panel, decisions about how to deal with such issues were left mostly to individual schools.


Southern states look to regional 2016 primary

ATLANTA (AP) - On the gridiron, it takes a team to win, and some elected officials around the South are looking to band together rather than brawl over the 2016 presidential primaries.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is among those pushing a regional March 1, 2016 contest known as the “SEC Primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference and would include states like Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi and possibly Alabama and Louisiana.

“As someone who went to the University of Georgia and lives in Athens and understands how powerful the Southeastern Conference is in football today, that is exactly what we want to be when it comes to presidential politics,” Kemp said.

Although the state primaries would be held for each party, much of the focus would be on the large group of Republican presidential contenders expected to vie for the nomination.

With the South being a strong voting bloc for Republicans, officials say an early primary date would give them an important say in whom the GOP nominee should be and would comply with rules put forward by the Republican National Committee that allows states willing to carve up its delegates proportionally to hold their nominating contests on March 1. Those states that prefer winner-take-all must still wait until March 15.

The RNC also sharpened the penalties for states jumping ahead of the early primary states - Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada - as Florida did in 2012, which pushed the schedule into early January. A state would now lose a significant number of its delegates, a deterrent particularly for large states.


Bellarmine beginning $25M building project

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Bellarmine University is breaking ground on a $25 million building project inspired by Italian architecture.

The school is breaking ground on its new Centro building project on Tuesday in front of Horrigan Hall, the school’s main administration building.

It will add a new three-story, curving building in front of the hall and connect the two buildings at both ends.

Horrigan Hall would largely be hidden behind the new Centro building and would be redone to give its exterior much the same look as Centro.

The Courier-Journal reports (https://cjky.it/1BZ979Mhttps://cjky.it/1BZ979M ) the project is inspired by Tuscan architecture and is intended to reflect efforts to give Bellarmine the appearance of an Italian hillside town.

Horrigan Hall was constructed in the 1950s.

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