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Berea Community High School

Brandenburg to Retire as School Resource Officer at Berea Community

Ray Brandenburg is credited with providing a calm and reassuring presence during his decade-long tenure at Berea Community School.

Whether directing traffic or walking the hallways, School Resource Officer Ray Brandenburg has been a familiar sight at Berea Independent Schools. Now after 45 years in law enforcement, 10 of which have been at Berea Community, Brandenburg will be retiring Continue reading Brandenburg to Retire as School Resource Officer at Berea Community

Kristin Eckerle Johnsen Graduates with High Honors

Kristin Eckerle Johnsen
Kristin Eckerle Johnsen

Kristin Eckerle Johnsen will graduate from Eastern Kentucky University on May 13 with a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She will graduate with high honors and a 4.0 GPA. Kristin was a 2006 graduate of Berea Community High School and was the recipient of the Beverly Hamilton Moran Scholarship. She was a 2010 graduate of Midway college and a 2013 graduate of Indiana Weslyan University. Kristin maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school and college career.

Kristin is the wife of Michael Johnsen, the daughter of Kimberly Kirby of Berea and John Eckerle of Somerset. She is the granddaughter of Elsie Kirby and the late Kenneth Kirby.

BCHS Science Class Mission to Near Space

BCHS Science Teacher Joshua Woodward
BCHS Science Teacher Joshua Woodward

Science Teacher Joshua Woodard 9th grade Honors Integrated Science class at Berea Community High School is designing a project to launch experiments to near space (approximately 120,000 feet) using a high altitude weather balloon. Our 9th grade class is planning the mission, constructing the payload and launch system, running the on-board experiments, and even using the project to learn about force and motion.

Berea is a wonderful community that bridges Appalachia and the Bluegrass. We are a high-needs district with about 65% students receiving free or reduced price lunch. The scale of the project is something the students simply do not see and Continue reading BCHS Science Class Mission to Near Space

Berea Community School


Berea Community School will be starting on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

The schools will be starting at the following times:
• Elementary –7:40 am to 2:25pm for students
• Middle/High School –8:20 am to 3:10pm for students

During these hours, expect higher volumes of traffic near the following intersections: Jefferson/Ellipse, Pirate Parkway/Ellipse, and KY Hwy 595/Ellipse.

KY HWY 595/Ellipse street will have a lot of Pedestrians crossing the intersection, as well as students on bikes.

Police are asking everyone that travels these areas to be careful, and have patience during school times. They are also asking that everyone be aware of the speed limits at school zones, and please don’t text and drive.