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Tots Express

Tots Express:  To introduce 3 to 5 year old children to pre-school and help them become Kindergarten ready while also teaching parents strategies to help their child succeed.  This is open to children who are not currently enrolled in pre-school at South Irvine Early Learning Center.

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.

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.

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

Soccer Fundraiser #2 Soccer RADA Fund Raiser
Soccer Fundraiser #1 Soccer Goose Creek Candle Sale
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.


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.

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

Preschool News

The preschool screening process has been completed for the 2017-18 school year. Teachers are scheduled to mail student letters on Friday, July 21.

If you have a 3 or 4 year old child interested in attending preschool, you may call South Irvine Early Learning Center at 723-4700.

The staff will be happy to add your child's name on a waiting list and you will be notified should an availability occur.

Also, new for 2017-18 preschool students will be 5 days a week.

Important dates and events:

  • Aug. 10th - Open House 5:00-8:00 P.M.
  • Aug. 14th - First Day for Preschool Students
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.



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.

Estill Awarded $5.7 Million Grant!

The Estill County School District is awarded a $5,700,000 grant for a new career and technical school, through the Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee!

Felicia Campbell Wins Statewide Award Felicia Campbell Picture

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) named Estill County Schools staff member, Felicia Campbell as the recipient of the prestigious, statewide Wanda Luttrell Office Professional Award.

Special Called Board Meeting

There will be a special called board meeting on Tuesday, May 16th @ 12pm.

Meeting is for the purpose of discussing WRSI Grant and the construction of the Regional Career Tech Center. 

Attendance Incentive Bicycle Winners

O. D. Henderson Lodge #437 F&AM donated another 2 bicycles and the Irvine Chapter of Eastern Star donated another set of helmets to be drawn for as an attendance incentive. Representing O. D. Henderson Lodge is Terry Kirby and Greg Horn. O. D. Henderson Lodge has now donated 6 bicycles this school year to be used as an attendance incentive.

Copier RFP

The Estill County School District is officially accept bids per their request for proposals for a district wide copier contract.

More information can be found here:http://www.estill.kyschools.us/content/copierrfp

Lil' Neers Basketball Camp Lil' Neers Basketball Camp
Attendance Contest2 West Irvine Attendance Contest Winners

West Irvine Agate show/Attendance Contest winners. These students had to maintain 95% attendance over an 8 day period. Their names were selected from a list of 205 students who had accomplished this goal. The winners all were given an agate based prize for being selected. A special thanks to all the vendors at the Rock and Gem show for donating the prizes. The contest was a huge success!



  • Shane Young
  • Kailee Reed
  • Colton Fay
  • Autumn Delaware
  • Brooke Warner
  • Madaline Thacker
  • Brooke Rogers
  • Steven Propes
  • Jaxon Rawlins
  • Kaden Riddell
  • Brenton Muncie
  • Savannah Hale
  • Dylan Adams
  • Rylan Ross
  • Kyser Chaney
  • Ethan Benton
Attendance Contest ESE Attendance Winner Students

Estill Springs Agate show/Attendance Contest winners. These students had to maintain 95% attendance over an 8 day period. Their names were selected from a list of 230 students who had accomplished this goal. The winners all were given an agate based prize for being selected. A special thanks to all the vendors at the Rock and Gem show for donating the prizes. The contest was a huge success!

  • Abigail Watkins
  • Brianna Bernard
  • Reese Carpenter
  • Kaleah LeMaster
  • Emma LaFountain
  • Kaden Thacker
  • Mason Raider
  • Lyndsie Powell
  • Joseph Dunaway
  • Isaiah Rawlins (not pictured)
Recallable Nickel Townhall Flyer for townhall
8th Month Attendance Banner Winner 8th Month Attendance Banner Winner

West Irvine dominates the attendance banner race for the 8th month. Congratulations!!! Pictures are Chase Woolery and Kaylee Bush.

Radio Interview for Recallable Nickle

For those that were unable to tune in to the April 12th live broadcast concerning the “Recallable Nickel” with Superintendent Jeff Saylor being interviewed by Goosehead Joe on the “Come on Home” radio show on station WSKV, here is a link to the broadcast.


Re-callable Nickel

The Estill County School District is posting the final draft presentation for the Re-Callable Nickel.

This presentation has:

  1. General information about the Nickel
  2. Current district bonding potential
  3. What the Nickel means to individual property owners
  4. Priority construction projects for the district with their estimate price tags

If anyone has questions about this document, please do not hesitate to ask.


West Irvine Attendance Banner Winner West Irvine Attendance Banner Winner

West Irvine wins banner for the 7th month of school. Congratulations to students and staff! Pictured are WI students Rebecca Brooks, Kadara Skinner, and Carisma Carrier.

No School - March 14th

In observance of the funeral for South Irvine Principal, Brock Sims, there will be no school in Estill County, on March 14th, 2017.

Funeral Arrangements for Brock Sims Brock Sims

Funeral Arrangements for Brock Sims are as follows:

Visitation - 
Monday, March 13, 5pm-8pm; 

Funeral - 
Tuesday, March 14, 2:00 PM; 

Visitation & Funeral at:
Sims Funeral Services,
130 North Chiles Street,
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Passing of Brock Sims

It is with a heavy heart that I notify our community of the passing of Brock Sims, Principal of South Irvine P-K Center.  Mr. Sims was loved by his students, staff, co-workers, parents and community. His big smile and jovial personality will be missed by everyone, but his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of this entire community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jodi, his parents, and his entire family. 

Grief counselors will be in our district tomorrow to meet the needs of our students and staff.  Parents who need to speak with someone can contact their child’s school and someone will be available to assist you.

As Engineers, we take pride in taking care of each other.  In the coming days, we will lean on each other to make sure we are meeting the needs of our staff and students. 


Jeff Saylor, Superintendent

Estill County Schools.

School Closing

Due to storm damage throughout our community and out of respect for our displaced families, there will be no school in the Estill County School System for the remainder of the week. 

Friday will be a staff work day for all employees.  Everyone should report to their respective work sites at 8:30am. 

School will be in session on Monday, March 6th on regular schedule.

Board approves 2017-2018 School Calendar

The Estill County Board approved the 2017-2018 District Calendar at it's special called Wednesday meeting on 02/22/2017.

Attendance Banner Winner Attendance Banner Winner Picture

Estill Springs wins attendance banner for the 6th month!! Pictured are students with perfect attendance. These students have not missed one minute of instructional time so far this year. Great Job!!

President's Day - No School

In observance of Presidents Day, there will be no school on Monday, February 20th.  However, we will have a staff work day.

All employees shall report to the high school auditorium by 8:30am.


The Estill County School District - Continuous Improvement Quarterly Newsletter

The Estill County School District was spotlighted in the Continuous Improvement Quarterly.  (Page 2)

Whooping Cough - Update

February 13, 2017

Dear Parents or Guardians:

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to monitor and handle the current whooping cough situation.  Our goal is to keep you informed as much as possible, so we can manage this to the best of our abilities.  We have had sporadic cases still identified so please continue to observe your student and follow preventative measures listed below.

Grandparents as Parents Conference

Becoming the primary provider for a grandchild can be difficult and you are not alone.

The 15th annual Grandparents As Parents (GAP) conference is Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, KY. Grandparents, caregivers, relatives, and professionals are invited to attend. The Estill County Grandparents United local support program for grandparents raising grandchildren meets every third Thursday at 11:30am in the  basement of Wisemantown Methodist. Please join us.

Kindergarten Registration

Beginning with the upcoming 2017-18 school year, children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 1. Up until now, the cutoff was October 1. A child who is 6 years old by August 1 shall attend public school unless he/she qualifies for an exemption as provided by the law.

Whooping Cough - Update

The following letter is being sent home today, with all students in regards to Whooping Cough in the district.

Cell Phone Surplus - Seal Bid Auction Closed - Results

The Estill County School District has several surplus cell phones that are up for sealed bidding.  Bidding forms are available at the Estill County Board of Education front desk and can be picked/submitted between the hours of 8:00AM-3:00PM, January 27, 2017 – February 3, 2017. 

Whooping Cough Information

Dear Parents or Guardians:

West Irvine Elementary has had two confirmed cases of pertussis or whooping cough reported. Pertussis is a respiratory infection that is easily spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Its severe cough can last for weeks or months, sometimes leading to coughing fits and/or vomiting.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Issue Resolved

Issue with parent portal app has been resolved.

To fix:

  1. Open parent portal app.
  2. Click Log out.  You must log out before going to step 3.
  3. Delete the app.
  4. Reinstall the app.
  5. Log back in.
  6. URL Code for re-registration is:  HQSMVY

That should work in most cases.

GED Testing Dates GED Testing Dates
2017-2018 - District Calendar....We want your input!
Here is a survey concerning next year’s school calendar.  Please take the time to give us your opinion so we can get a final draft ready for our board at the February meeting.

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have adopted a new schedule for the awards. The new timetable will provide the Teacher of the Year more flexibility in taking a sabbatical and preparing for the national Teacher of the Year awards.

Patty Hood & Robbie Starling Patty Hood & Robbie Starling

Estill County Board of Education

Patty Hood and Robbie Starling have devoted their time and wisdom for a combined total 26 years of school board experience and it officially ended December 31st, 2016. Each had their own motivation and circumstances for getting started.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Web Address Change

Infinite Campus has been moved by the KDE to the cloud. As a result, the web address link has changed.  Please note the new URL for accessing the Infinite Campus Parent Portal:



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Merry Christmas
One Call & Website Information

Please read if you need to make sure a work number is not called via the district One Call Now Automated System.

Contact Us
South Irvine Early Learning Center
1000 South Irvine Road
Irvine, KY 40336