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A message from the Superintendent

Our district has received multiple threats towards our schools. Each threat has been taken seriously and investigated fully with the assistance of the Ashland Police Dept. Arrests have been made in connection to these threats. As always, our first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and families. Feel free to call central office at 606-327-2706 if you have any additional questions or concerns.

FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey

It’s time for our FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey!  

The Public Policy Committee is seeking your input on the importance of the Family Resource Youth Service Centers in our schools..  The committee is looking for firsthand accounts of the importance of FRYSC. The survey will be available for one week only, and will end at 10:00 am (ET) on Friday, February 16, 2018

SURVEY LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KKBJ9T7

Email Migration

On Thursday evening, 1/25/18, the Ashand Independent Schools will be migrating to a new email system.  Public communication via email for all staff and students will be down starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday and could possibly last in to the day on Friday.  Please check this post for the progress of the conversion.  Updates will be added as they come to us from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Attention Staff, KDE had a successful evening and webmail is already up and running.  To check you mail simply click above under LINKS, then EMAIL or by using this link: https://login.microsoftonline.com



2 Hour Delay on Friday, January 19, 2018

Ashland Independent Schools will be on a 2 hour delay, Friday, January 19. 2018. Please be reminded that buses will pick up students exactly 2 hours later than their normal time. All staff, with the exception of our district maintenance department, will report to work under the 2 hour delay schedule.

AMS Is A Kentucky State Finalist In The Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest

We are excited to announce that Ashland Middle School has been named a Kentucky state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest! Congratulations to Mr. Polley for his idea for students to help the Ashland area to address a serious issue caused by the opioid crisis. We can’t wait to see how the project unfolds!  Go to http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ to see the state finalist. State winners will be announced December 13th

Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team! Girl's Cross-Country Team

Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team who finished as the KHSAA CLASS AA STATE RUNNER-UP this past Saturday in Lexington!  The girls did an incredible job and narrowly missed being first place!  Please congratulate these ladies, as well as Coaches Phillip Caudill and Hillary Rice, on their outstanding performance on Saturday!

Local Planning Committee Meeting

The local planning committee will meet at Central Office at 5:30 pm on September 19, 2017.  Any interested community member is welcome to attend.

Public hearing for tax levy

The Ashland Independent Board of Education will hold a public hearing in the Gymnasium of the Ashland Board of Education Office at 1820 Hickman Street on September 15, 2017, at 5:30pm to hear public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 67.8 cents on real property and 67.8 cents on personal property.

Notice of Bid - Pizza

The Ashland Independent Board of Education will accept sealed bids at its office at 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky, until Thursday, August 3, 2017, 3:00 P.M., E.D.S.T., for the following item:


All bids are to be sealed in an envelope and clearly identified as “BIDS-PIZZA”.  Instructional packets may be obtained at the Central Office of the District at 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Kentucky 41101 or online at www.ashland.kyschools.us.  All bids should be delivered or mailed to the address listed above.  Formal consideration of the bids will occur at a special called meeting in August of the Ashland Independent Board at the Central Office.

The Ashland Independent Board of Education reserves the right to award or reject any or all bids and to waive any informality in the manner of bids presented.

Instructions to Bidders

Class of 2017 Graduation

Paul G. Blazer High School Class of 2017 will graduate on Sunday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m at Putnam Stadium.  In case of poor weather the ceremony will be moved to the high school gymnasium.

Project Ignite Project IGNITE logo

The Ashland Independent School District is pleased to announce the offering of an exciting new summer camp.  Project IGNITE is a summer learning experience designed for students currently in grades 3, 4 and 5 and will be offered June 5-9, 2017.  The students will experience science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics through hands-on investigations that promote innovation and creativity.  The focus this year will be “Exploring Energy!”  Students will spend four electrifying days rotating through five learning activities designed to peak interest and explore the wide world of energy.  The week will conclude with a field trip to COSI’s Energy Explorers exhibit.  Students won’t want to miss this opportunity to build new skills that peak curiosity and “ignite” ingenuity.  Visit Project IGNITE for more information.

Walk to School Day!

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 The Ashland Independent School District will be participating in International Walk to School Day. All students are encouraged to participate.

High Attendance Day!

September 20 is statewide “High Attendance Day” to emphasize that consistent attendance is essential for success in school. If in class regularly, a student is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and to reach academic performance benchmarks on time.  Let’s see if Ashland can have 100% attendance on September 20th !

2017 Summer Feed Program! Summer feed program flyer

The Ashland Independent School District is excited to announce our participation in the Kentucky Summer Food Service Program.  The Summer Feed Program provides free meals to children and teens 18 years and under.  Crabbe Elementary will be serving breakfast and lunch daily Monday through Friday.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  The site will be closed on May 29th, July 4th, and July 20th, 2017.  Please contact Linda Calhoun at 327-2706 for more information.

USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

All Schools Closed Monday August 21

As a safety precaution, school will be closed on Monday, Aug 21, 2017 due to the Solar Eclipse. All after school activities will be suspended until 4:30 pm following the eclipse window. Students will make this day up on Friday March 16, 2018 which was a scheduled PD day. 


2 Hour Delay on Wednesday, 1/3/18

Due to a main water break on 13th Street and Blackburn Ave., which will result in road closure in the morning, school will be in session tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 3rd, on a 2 hour delay.  Please be reminded that buses will pick up students exactly 2 hours later than their normal time. All staff, with the exception of our district maintenance department, will report to work under the 2 hour delay schedule.


Ashland Middle School needs your vote!

Ashland Middle School needs your vote!  In February AMS was named the Kentucky winner in the National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition!  Now they are a National Top 10 Finalist!  As a Finalist they have won $50,000 and are now in a social media competition to win one of three national spots and a $150,000 grand prize. 

Please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ and vote for Ashland Middle School.  It takes a Facebook account and second of your time.  To earn extra votes you can post the link on Facebook and Twitter.

 You can vote once a day from now until April 2nd.  Thanks for supporting AMS!

Solar Eclipse and Eye Safety Resources for August 21

A total solar eclipse is probably the most spectacular astronomical event that most people will experience in their lives. There is a great deal of interest in watching eclipses, but it must be done safely.  Because of this exceptional opportunity, there is concern that people will be more likely to stare at the Sun during this event.  Improper viewing of the Sun during an eclipse can result in eye injuries such as the development of "eclipse blindness" or retinal burns.

More information may be found at:




KY High Attendance Day High Attendance Celebration

Congratulations to Poage Elementary for having the highest attendance on KY High Attendance Day. 98.59%!
In honor of their accomplishment students at Poage Elementary will be treated with a school-wide dance and pizza party!


Head Start / Preschool Schedule for Wednesday, 1/3/18

‚ÄčThe Ashland Head Start schedule for Wednesday, January 3rd will be as follows:

  • Morning only classes will be cancelled.
  • All day classes will report on a two hour delay.
  • Afternoon only classes will report on a regular schedule.
Food Service Menu Survey

The Ashland Independent Food Service Department will begin working on menus for next year.  We are seeking input from students, parents, and staff.  Please take a few minutes to access the link below and help us create nutritious and delicious menus for the upcoming school year.  The survey will be open through January 26, 2018.

2018-19 Food Service Survey


New KY Immunization Requirements coming in 2018

Effective July 1, 2018 all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school, and students age 16 or older, must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) to attend school.  Please refer to the attached document for more information.

New Kentucky Immunization Requirements

What's for Lunch?

The Ashland Independent School District Food Service Department is excited about the 2017- 2018 school year! We have adjusted all school menus to include tastier versions of entrees and added new items while still staying within the United State Department of Agriculture’s nutritional guidelines. All Ashland schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision program. ALL students will receive ONE FREE breakfast and ONE FREE lunch at no charge each day.  Parents may still deposit money on their child’s meal account through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal which will allow students to purchase an additional meal, entrée, side, milk, and/or a’ la-carte item(s).  A second breakfast will be $1.50 and a second lunch will be $2.00.  Breakfast and Lunch menus are listed below.

Ashland Independent Schools Registration Set

Registration for Head Start, Preschool and Primary School (formerly kindergarten and first grade students) will be held in the Ashland Independent School District during the week of March 26- March 30, 2018.  Registration hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.   Evening hours are available on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


FOCUS Newsletter - October Edition

The October edition of the FOCUS Newsletter has been posted.  Please take a moment to read about all the great things happening in our school district.

2017-18 Bus Routes

School buses in the Ashland Independent School Dstrict will follow the attached schedule during the 2017-18 school year.  Questions regarding bus transportation should be directed to the department supervisor, Mac McDonald at 606-327-2717 or mac.mcdonald@ashland.kyschools.us.

2017-18 Bus Schedules

McKinney-Vento Grant available for homeless assistance

The Ashland Independent School District receives the McKinney-Vento grant. This grant allows our schools to help families who are in transition or homeless. If you are homeless or in transition and you need assistance please call Christine Scott, homeless coordinator at 606-327-2706.

FOCUS Newsletter - December 2017 Edition

The December edition of the FOCUS Newsletter is now available at the following link: Focus - December 2017.  We hope you enjoy reading about all the great things that happened in the Ashland Independent School District.  Newsletter archives can be found under the OUR DISTRICT link on the main page.

Voluntary Student Insurance

Each school year the district offers voluntary student insurance coverage to interested parents.  Information as well as a current enrollment form can be found using the link below. 


Parchment Transcript Service

Paul Blazer High School has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely. Click the button below to order your high school records.

Order Credentials from Parchment

Enrollment Forms now Available Online

Each year students recieve an enrollment packet for parents to complete prior to the start of school.  The forms are required by state law/district prodecure and must be updated each year.  If you would like to save time and complete the forms electroncially prior to the start of school, all of our documents are now accessible online.  

To access forms visit the Enrollment link from the left menu.  The entire set of forms must be completed for each child in your family (except for the household income form) and brought to the school.  Elementary enrollment forms are due the first day of school.  Secondary enrollment forms are due at time of schedule pickup.

Forms can be downloaded and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (https://get.adobe.com/reader/).  Google Chrome is the preferred and easiest browser for this task.

Non-Discrimination Notice

The Ashland 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 the Title IX Coordinator (Mark Swift) or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator (Lisa Henson) at Ashland Independent School District, 1820 Hickman Street, Ashland, Ky. 41101.