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District News

New KASS Executive Director

The Estill County School District would like to congratulate D.r Jim Flynn as the new Executive Director of KASS (Kentucky Association of School Superintendents).

Little Engineer Club

Estill County Lady Engineers would love to invite any girl interested in basketball to join the
Little Engineer Club. The Little Engineer Club is for any girl ages kindergarten thru 8th grade.

Light Up Rivertown

Light Up Rivertown- Saturday, December 1st at Courthouse. Set up at 8 am. Doors open at 9:00 am.

Please contact Paula Short at the High School for signups.  Email or call the school at 606-723-3537.

Trick or Treat Trot

Trick or Treat Trot-Tuesday, October 30th from 5-7 on Broadway by BB&T Bank.

Please contact Paula Short at the High School for signups.  Email or call the school at 606-723-3537.

Make Sure Your Donations Count

Estill County is a caring community full of charitable people. It is no surprise that our school district gets approached regularly by individuals who want to raise funds to help the less fortunate in our community, especially our children.

Information concerning 911 threat made on September 19th, 2018

I am providing a follow-up statement concerning the lock down of all Estill County Schools yesterday afternoon.  As reported, a 911 call was received at Emergency Management at approximately 1:15 pm. The caller referenced a school shooting but offered no specifics. All schools were notified and placed on immediate lock down per emergency procedure protocol.  Students and staff remained within their buildings.

Local Masonic Lodge Continues Bicycle Program Bicycles

Attention parents of West Irvine Intermediate!

Your child can be included in a drawing for a new bicycle. All that is required is for your child to have “Perfect Attendance” from Aug. 31 to Friday, October 5th.

First two bicycles to be drawn for have been donated by O. D. Henderson Lodge members--- Kenneth Rice and Donald Horn.

Child Abuse

Child abuse comes in many forms: physical, sexual and emotional.  It seems that every day we hear about another case of child abuse or child exploitation in our society.  Recent events in our own community tells us that it can happen in any place at any time.

Red Book Training

There will be Redbook Training for coaches on Wednesday, September 5 at 5pm.

At 7pm, there will be Booster Training.

Please encourage all the coaches and booster officers to attend. We know not everyone can’t attend, but it is important at least a couple of people from each booster organization attend. There will be a lot information.

Plan on the training taking place at the central office training room.

Soccer Statement

The entire Estill County School Community is saddened by the recent events surrounding our Engineer Soccer Program.  Within minutes of school officials receiving allegations of inappropriate actions by Coach Andrew Hatton, local law enforcement was notified.  Since that time we have worked hand in hand with the Kentucky State Police in order to complete a thorough investigation into this matter.

Volunteer (Parent & Community) Protocol, Procedures, and Training Dates

Click here for protocol and procedures.

Here are the training dates for 2018-2019

Estill Springs Open House

We want to welcome all students and parents to Estill Springs tomorrow afternoon for Open House.  When you arrive, it will be evident that there is still construction going on at the school, but the areas of the building that will be occupied by the students have been inspected by state officials and cleared for occupancy.  

Bus Regulations

The Estill County Board of Education is pleased to provide transportation for your child during the upcoming school year.  Pupil transportation is a vital part of the educational process. Our goal is to provide your child safe transportation to and from school.

Bus Expectations

Bus Expectations Matrix

Boys Golf Boys Golf Team

The Estill County Boys Golf Team wins the 2018 Citizens Guaranty Bank Estill County Boys Golf Invitational with a score of 5 over par 285.

Start & End Times

Here are the new 2018-2019 starting/ending times for the Estill County School District, along with each schools bus dismissal and parent pick-up times.

The Start of School

I have just met with the contractor this morning and we believe that it is best to move the first day of school for students to August 13th. The Safety of our students has to be priority one, and we want to make sure the building is 100% safe.

Open House/Orientation Schedule

Open Houses/Orientations

  • ECHS Freshman Orientation - 8/2 - 6PM-8PM
  • ECMS Open House - 7/30 - 5PM-8PM
  • West Irvine Orientation - 8/2 - 5PM-8PM
    • Third Grade - 5:00PM

    • Fourth Grade - 5:45PM

    • Fifth Grade - 6:30P

  • Estill Springs - TBA
  • South Irvine - 8/9 - 4PM-7PM



Tuesday July 31

9:00-11:00 Seniors

1:00 - 3:00 Juniors


Wednesday August 1

9:00-11:00 Sophomore

1:00-3:00 New Enrollees


Thursday August 2

Freshmen orientation 6:00-8:00

Holly Estes Holly Estes & Jeff Saylor

Holly M. Estes was awarded a plaque for maintaining 4 years of Exemplary attendance at the Estill County Middle School. She has had exemplary
attendance for three years at the middle school and one year at West Irvine. She was overlooked at the 8th grade graduation so Mr. Saylor and
myself made a home visit to deliver the plaque. Apologies to Holly and her family for the oversight and keep up the Great Work!

Preschool Screening

Preschool Screening 

July 9th at 2:00 to 7:00 pm

South Irvine Early Learning Center

Call 726-3078 to schedule an appointment!


If you have already had your child screened for preschool for the 2018-19 school year, the acceptance/denial letters will not be mailed until after the July 9th screening date.

NISL NISL Graduates

Congratulations to Tonya Isaacs and Andrea Williams for completing NISL Training (National Institute for School Leadership).  This training is very intensive and positions our leadership to better serve our students and staff.

ECMS SBDM Meeting for Possible Principal Selection Agenda

Here is the agenda for next weeks’ Middle School SBDM Meeting for Possible Principal Selection, on June 14th, 2018, at 9:00 AM at the Estill County Middle School front office conference room.

Local Planning Committee Agenda

The Estill County Schools Local Planning Committee will be meeting in the Estill County Central Office Board Room on June 6th, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Special Called Board Meeting Link

Here’s the link for tonight's special called board meeting:


Please note that YouTube has changed the way that you do live streams, and we’re having to do a “workaround” for creating the stream. Shouldn’t be any issues, but as always, if we need to create a new link, I’ll post on the district Facebook page as soon as it’s created.

2018 Graduation Live Stream

Here is the link for tonight's live stream of the 2018 Estill County High School Graduation. As always, there could be technical difficulties. If there IS technical difficulties, as soon as we're able to establish a new link we'll post it here.

Masonic Bike Giveaway Picture of students & bikes

O. D. Henderson Masonic Lodge and Meade’s Do-It Center teamed up to reward West Irvine Intermediate students. Each student pictured had their name drawn from a pool of 186 students with perfect attendance during a specified time.


Operation Bobcat Operation Bobcat Flyer

The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Military’s reserve forces, in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government and the Kentucky Air National Guard, present Operation Bobcat Medical IRT. These clinics will provide medical screenings, dental exams and optical exams at no cost to the patient.

2018 Lil' Neers Basketball Camp Lil neers camp


2018-19 School Year


Information regarding High School Graduation, Baccalaureate, and Senior Awards Night

Baccalaureate & Senior Awards Night - May 30th

Graduation - June 1st

Click ...Read More below for more info!

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.

WI Rocks! WI Students

These students won necklaces from the rock/gem show vendors for having 10 days of perfect attendance. Congrats to these and all that had perfect attendance for the two weeks. Keep up the great work!

ESE Rocks! Xander Bray, Norah Taylor, Jaden Walters, Paislee Milby, Chelsie Embs, Gracie Rose, Kayden Sexton, Brennan Tuttle, Teagan Crawford, Joseph Coffey and Dickie Arthur

These students won necklaces from the rock/gem show vendors for having 10 days of perfect attendance. Congrats to these and all that had perfect attendance for the two weeks. Keep up the great work!

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.

Fishing Team Fishing Team

On April 21, Estill County Bass Team had two anglers, Lucas Puckett and Chris Wise, qualify for the Kentucky State Championship to be held on KY Lake.

Programs Survey
Wax Museum Wax Museum

5th graders hosted a wax museum today at West Irvine.  They researched a person from history or pop culture, wrote and performed a monologue.

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

Title IX
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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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Estill County Board of Education
253 Main Street
Irvine, KY 40336