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2018 Lil' Neers Basketball Camp Lil neers camp
Information regarding High School Graduation, Baccalaureate, and Senior Awards Night

Baccalaureate & Senior Awards Night - May 30th

Graduation - June 1st

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Principal Selection Input

What makes an effective principal?  Let us know what you think by completing our survey.  The survey is open through Friday, May 18.  

Click Here to Take Survey

Promenade Live Stream

Promenade will start around 7:30PM (EST). The link to watch live is:




Please note: If we have any technical difficulties, we'll post a new link as soon as possible.

Baseball team wins games at Whitaker Bank Park
Cheerleading tryouts

Information about cheerleading tryouts for 2018-19.

cheer 2018 small

New graduation requirements survey

(Frankfort, KY) – To speed the process for developing new graduation requirements, Interim Commissioner Wayne
Lewis has taken action to streamline the stakeholder engagement process.

Estill Teachers Rally in Frankfort

STLP State Middle School Champions STLP Champions

Congratulations to the Estill County Middle School Robotics team for winning the STLP state championship in robotics. Over 40 teams participated in the competition held at Rupp Arena. ECMS went undefeated in the tournament. Edward Swanson and David Bullock represented ECMS.  In the 8 years ECMS and ECHS have been competing in robotics, we have won 4 state championships, 3 runners up, and one 3rd place. We have also won numerous regional competitions. The robotics team has 18 middle school and 10 high school members. They are coached by Brian McKinney, Allyson Banks and Adora Williams

ECMS wins state robotics championship


Edward Swanson and David Bullock win state robotics championship.

State STLP High School Champions Winners pic

Congratulations ECHS students Caleb Rogers, Kyle Bainter, and Levi Fike who won the state STLP Sumobot Competition for High School!

Revised Calendar

The Estill County Board of Education wants everyone to be aware that the Board voted to take the last two (2) days of Spring Break at last night's board meeting.

So all of Spring Break is now cancelled and as of today, the last day for students will be 05/25, with a STAFF DAY (TE) 05/29 and Closing Day 05/30.

PEP bus for Sweet 16 info

PEP Bus information for Wednesday March 14

  • Students should arrive at Estill County Middle School cafeteria at 9:00 and have a seat.
  • Chaperones will call students from the cafeteria to board the appropriate bus. Bus assignments have already been determined.  
  • Departure time from Estill Middle is 9:30 at the latest
  • During halftime of the second game students and chaperones will board the busses to return to Estill County Middle School for parent/ guardian pick up
  • Proper behavior is essential at all times. Students should remember this is a school trip and school rules do apply. Cheer for the Engineers and show good sportsmanship at all times.
Attendance Banner Winner Samantha Rawlins, Andrea Williams, Brianna Adams, Leslie Rader, Katelyn Worley, Ashton Hale, Hannah Poynter, Kaitlin Arvin, Rachael Arthur, Hannah Hall, Kenny Dell Rose

ECMS tied WI for the attendance banner for 6th month!

Students and staff listed below:

Samantha Rawlins, Andrea Williams, Brianna Adams, Leslie Rader, Katelyn Worley, Ashton Hale, Hannah Poynter, Kaitlin Arvin, Rachael Arthur, Hannah Hall, Kenny Dell Rose

Boys Basketball State Tournament Information

Boys State Tournament Ticket Sale Information

Tickets will cost $11.00 each

Tickets will go on sale Thursday March 8 according to the following schedule with limits per purchase

Read Across America Robbin Durbin and Alyssa Woolery

Robbin Durbin and Alyssa Woolery celebrating Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2nd!

Early Dismissal Monday

Estill County Schools will dismiss at 2:00 PM Monday, March 5. The need to dismiss early is due to our high school basketball team participating in the regional tournament in Hazard, Ky. The start time of the game along with our school bus driver shortage is requiring this early release. Please plan accordingly, as our schools will begin dismissing students one hour earlier than our normal time.

School Threat

This afternoon at approximately 6pm, I received a report of a student on a school bus with a weapon.  Our School Resource Officer, along with Irvine PD, went to the students’ house to conduct an investigation.  In the course of the investigation, a BB gun was located and the student has been arrested and charged with Terroristic Threatening, a class D Felony.

Lockdown drill and tornado drill scheduled for Thursday

For your information, ECMS will have a lock down drill and tornado drill this morning.

Bus Drivers Needed

The Estill County Board of Education’s Transportation Department is hiring school bus drivers. Full time positions are available as well as part-time substitutes. These positions have a beginning hourly rate of $14.65. Full time employees are able to obtain health insurance. Applicants must pass a criminal background check, drug test, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Contact Tim Burkhart at 606-723-2482.

Public Forum on School Safety

The Estill County Board of Education will have a special called meeting on Monday, March 1, at 6pm.  The Public Forum will be held at the Estill County High School Auditorium and the topic of discussion will be school safety.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Saylor at any time.   

Police Presence

The Estill County School System would like to thank the Irvine PD, Ravenna PD and The Kentucky State Police for agreeing to provide an increased law enforcement presence at each of our school sites.  If you see a police cruiser of extra officers on site, do not be alarmed.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Mr. Saylor at any time. 

2018-2019 School Calendar Survey - Round 2

The Estill County Board of Education is seeking input concerning next years' school calendar. The board will adopt next years' calendar at the March 15th, special called board meeting.

The link for the calendar survey is below. The survey will end on March 9th. This is the second round of the survey consisting of the three calendars that were discuss at the February 22nd board meeting.

Health Sciences Position

Estill County High School is in dire need of a Health Science Teacher.  The position has been re-posted until March 3, 2018.  


Dear Parents, Students and Guardians,

A threat was made today outside of school through social media toward an individual student at Estill County High School.  As soon as the administration learned of the incident, they immediately acted upon the information received.  The school resource officer and principal have thoroughly investigated the threat and the situation has been resolved. The student who was threatened and his/her parents have been notified. 

ECHS News Release Concerning School Threat

This weekend there were many concerns posted on social media regarding a threat made at the high school.  First, I can say with full confidence that there was no reported threat made toward any student, staff member or school during last week.

A message from our principal


It was brought to my attention that on Sunday afternoon a story was posted on social media. There was never a threat to our building, however KSP investigated this matter and concluded that the story was shared from Facebook concerning a threat made to another county. If you have any questions feel free to call the school. -Mrs. Williams

Estill County Schools Safety Plans and Protocol

After the tragedy at Marshall County High School and now the most recent incident in Florida, I wanted to reach out to our students, parents, staff and community to let you know what precautions we have taken during the past few weeks.

Spring Sports tryouts

ECMS has baseball, softball, track, football conditioning and soccer as spring sports. Tryouts for these sports will begin this week. Information has been announced at school. Each student must have a current sports physical and signed participation form to tryout. 

Schools Closed

Over the past few days’ we have been in contact with many of the health care providers in Estill County.  As everyone is well aware, there have been several confirmed cases of the flu and we have seen a significant increase in the number of students and staff members that have become ill.  With this in mind, we feel it is necessary for us to cancel school for the remainder of the week. 

Rogers Explorer Applications due February 25.


2018-2019 - School Calendar Survey

The Estill County Board of Education is seeking input concerning next years' school calendar. The board will adopt next years' calendar at the February 22nd, special called board meeting.

Parent Information for speaking to children about mass shootings.
In wake of yesterday’s tragedy in Marshall County, I wanted to reach out to our school community to let you know that we take school safety very seriously. Every time we hear the words “School Shooting”, it sends a shock wave of emotions through each of us.  The purpose of this message today is to provide a word of comfort and give you a few resources you may be able to use at home, if you decide to have a discussion with your child or if they have questions about what happened (See attachments).
School Board Recognition

Estill County Schools to Honor Leaders during School Board Recognition Month.

8th Grade Lady Engineers 2017 Lady Engineers

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Lady Engineers on an outstanding year!

Surplus Bids being accepted

The Estill County School District is now accepting bids on surplus items. Sealed bids are due by November 17th, 2017 by 3:00PM at the Estill County School District Central Office, addressed to Angie Howell (Finance Director) by this time. Any bids not sealed and/or received by this deadline will not be accepted.

Educator and Legislator Pension Forum - Madison and Surrounding Counties

Educator and Legislator Pension Forum - Madison and Surrounding Counties

RFP for Construction Manager

The Estill County Board of Education will receive Proposals from qualified Construction Managers (CMs) for both Pre construction Phase services and Construction Phase services.

2016-2017 School Report Card Summary

The 2016-2017 Estill County School Report Card Summary is now available via the state website at http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC.

Tennessee Trip Payments Due

Payment Reminder 1

Trick-R-Treat Trot

Trick-R-Treat Trot

On Broadway by US BANK, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

In order to create another successful community event, the ECHS Future Business Leaders of America –

FBLA would like to partner with local churches, business and civic organizations to create another great 

night of Community Trick ~R~ Treating that is safe for all children. We invite you to set up booths or chairs 

and hand out Halloween candy or prizes to kids.

ECMS welcomes Mrs. Williams as new interim principal

Mrs. Williams will be serving as interim principal after Mr. Burkhart resigned to take a new position as Transportation director/Supervisor of Instruction.

Middle School Attendance "Wall of Fame" Middle School Attendance Wall of Fame Winners

These middle students are now on the attendance “Wall of Fame”.  They all maintained an attendance rate of 99.5 percent or better throughput the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats on a job well done and keep it up! Dickie Arthur

High School Attendance "Wall of Fame" High School Attendance Hall of Fame Winners

These high school students are now on the attendance “Wall of Fame”.  They all maintained an attendance rate of 99.5 percent or better throughput the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats on a job well done and keep it up! Dickie Arthur

8th Grade Tennessee Trip

Parent/Guardian Meeting

5:00PM on September 27 in ECMS Library

Soccer Fundraiser #2 Soccer RADA Fund Raiser
Soccer Fundraiser #1 Soccer Goose Creek Candle Sale
Tutoring for Eighth Grade

8th Grade Tutoring Schedule

Special Called Board Meeting

The Estill County School Board will have a special called meeting on Wednesday, September 13th, at 6:00PM.  The purpose of the meeting is to review RFP's for architectural services for the new Estill County Career and Technical Center.  The board will also enter into executive session to discuss personnel disciplinary issues.  A full agenda will be posted on Monday.

One Call

If you need to make a change to your child's OneCall numbers, you can contact your schools front desk and they can make the changes for you.

If at anytime, you'd like to see what numbers are listed for OneCall, you can see them via the parent portal. To log into the parent portal, you will need a username and password which you can receive by contacting info@estill.kyschools.us. Please be sure to include your Full name and your student's full name.

ECHS Cheerleaders Revive River Drive Color Run

ECHS cheer is hosting a color run for Revive river drive on Saturday, 9/2/1017.  Click on the below links for more information and signup form.

Additional Information

Sign-Up Form

Estill Springs Exemplary Attendance Estill Springs Exemplary Attendance

These Estill Springs students had Exemplary Attendance in the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats!!

More West Irvine Exemplary Attendance More Exemplary Attendance

These West Irvine students had Exemplary Attendance in the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats!!

West Irvine Exemplary Attendance Exemplary Attendance

These West Irvine students had Exemplary Attendance in the 2016-2017 school year. Congrats!!

Band Fundraiser Band Fundraiser Flyer

The Estill County High School Band is having a great fundraiser this weekend.  If any of you are in the market for a NEW MATTRESS, then this is a tremendous opportunity for you!

Superintendents Letter to the Editor concerning Passage of the Recallable Nickel

It is an exciting time in the Estill County School District as we begin a new school year.  This letter is to thank the citizens of Estill County who listened to the presentations concerning the “Recallable Nickel” and their willingness to have an open mind concerning this very important issue.

Eclipse Safety

Here is an excellent site to review in regards of safety for the upcoming solar eclipse. Please help keep our kiddo's eye's safe during this once in a lifetime event.


Estill Youth Soccer

Estill County Youth Soccer will be having final sign-ups tonight, August 15th and Thursday, August 17th from 5:00-7:00PM at Hardees in Irvine.  If you have questions, find Estill Youth Soccer on Facebook.

Student Free Speech and Religious Liberty Rights

With the passing of Senate Bill 17 during the recent legislative session, the document Student Free Speech and Religious Liberty Rights has undergone some revisions to accommodate the law (effective June 29, 2017).

Beginning of School Issues

I want to thank everyone for yesterday.  What a great beginning to what will be a wonderful school year.  It was exciting to see those smiling faces again and it reminds us all of why we chose this profession to begin with.

Solar Eclipse

Due to the solar eclipse, Estill County Schools will be closed on Monday, August 21. This will be a staff workday. Details to follow.

Estill County Middle School Student go back to school shopping! Picture of students shopping

Father Jim Sichko, Baldwin CPA, and JC Penney all of Richmond KY took a group of Estill County Middle School Kids shopping for Back to School clothes and make overs.

West Irvine Open House

West Irvine Families: Remember that West Irvine Intermediate's Open House is on Monday, 8/7/2017 from 4:00PM - 7:00 PM.

Estill County Opening Day Celebration - Live Stream

Join in on the fun as the Estill County School District celebrates opening day of the 2017-2018 School Year!


Link to August 3, 2017 Special Called Board Meeting Live Stream

August 3, 2017 – Special Called Board Meeting – 6:00PM



As always, you can catch up and watch past board meetings via the district YouTube Channel at:


Special Called Board Meeting - 8/3/2017 Special Called Board Meeting Agenda

There is a special called board meeting on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 6PM at the Estill County Board of Education. Here is a copy of the agenda for this meeting:

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Estill School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Estill County Title IX Coordinator or Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator

253 Main Street

P.O.Box 930

Irvine, KY 40336


Lisa H. Reece, Federal Programs Coordinator

2017-2018 Student Discipline Code and Student Handbooks

There is now a new link on the left hand side of the district website to access all individual school student handbooks as well as the district discipline code, for 2017-2018.


Open House Dates

Listing of Back to School Dates

Fall athletic programs

ECMS currently offers football, girls basketball, cheer and dance for fall athletic sports.  ECMS has moved the boys and girls soccer season from the fall to the spring. ECHS offers golf, volleyball, and soccer as fall sports that middle school students may participate in. You may contact Athletic Director Brian McKinney for information: brian.mckinney@estill.kyschools.us


Student handbook

student handbook

Click on the image to look at the new ECMS student handbook.

Student Supply Lists

Here are the supply lists for the 2017-2018 school year.  

Eighth Grade

Seventh Grade

Sixth Grade


Food Service - Request for Proposals

The Estill County Board of Education Food Service Department is requesting bids for the purchase of a Combi Double Stack Ovens.  Bids will be accepted now through Thursday, July 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m.  If you are interested in submitting a bid, please call Belinda Puckett at  606-726-3060 or email her at Belinda.puckett@estill.kyschools.us to get the bid specifications.

Insurance Forms

The Estill County School District has updated the website with new information and converage for Student Insurance.  Please click the link below for more info.

Estill County Regional Career and Technical Center: Updates and Information

Several weeks ago, the Estill County School District received confirmation that our grant application for the Work Ready Skills Initiative (WRSI) was approved and the district was awarded $5.7 million to build a Regional Career and Technical Center.   As superintendent, I wanted to give you a quick update on our progress and talk about several questions that have arisen since the approval of our grant.

Summer Food Service Program

Estill County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:


The proposed accountability system was discussed at the June 7 Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) meeting. The following is a summary from the meeting published in The Kentucky Teacher and sent to superintendents in the Commissioner’s Monday Message on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) may find this important information of interest.

Beliefs and Values Survey

The Estill County School District would like the communities comments in regards to our existing beliefs and values.  Please take a moment to give us your opinion on any or all of the district's Beliefs and Values, in the survey link below.



Parent Vonunteer information

Here is some information concerning the Estill County Schools Parent Volunteer Protocol and Procedures.

Richmond Register Article on the new Tech School

Article from the Richmond Register:

Looking at "the bigger picture" helps Estill Co. Schools capture Work Ready Skills grant for tech hub on the second try; will partner with Powell Co. district.

Contact Us
Estill County Middle School
51 Patriot Drive
Irvine, KY 40336
Fax: 606-723-2041