Jessamine High Then and Now

Hey Paul: How is high school different today then when you attended Jessamine High? What advice do you have for today’s high school students?  A lot has changed since I graduated from Jessamine High in 1987. The classrooms are nearly

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The Inside Scoop on the Local Schools

Hey Paul: We are looking into buying a home in Jessamine County and have three school age children. Where will they go to school? What are the best schools?  I grew up here and the three schools I attended no

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My Personal AP Journey

Hey Paul: A couple of follow-up questions on AP exams. One, how many AP classes did you take? Two, did you help your daughter study for her AP classes?  Sure, I don’t mind sharing a bit of personal history. I

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Advice for the “Average”

Hey Paul: I am average – in school, sports, size, and just about everything else. I won’t be going to Centre College as a pre-med major. I don’t take the advanced classes in school. I am not on a varsity

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Getting a Jump on College

Hey Paul: I am starting my junior year of high school. I plan to take a couple of AP classes to earn college credit. What other ways can I get college credit from high school classes? You’ll be busy with

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AP Classes Are Not for the Faint Hearted

 Hey Paul: I am beginning high school next year with plans to go on to college. How helpful will it be to take AP [Advanced Placement] courses in high school?  There is a growing national trend and in particular a

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Getting over College Sticker Price Shock

Hey Paul: Our high school son is looking at colleges in central Kentucky. He is a junior at WJHS. The Transylvania University website lists a “total cost” of $45,690 – about what we paid for our home a few decades

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Is College for Everyone?

Hey Paul: I just graduated from East Jessamine. I was an ok student making mostly B’s. I didn’t take any AP classes. I haven’t decided what I want to do next in life. I’m thinking about working for a while

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Side Hustles Usually Won’t Bring a Pink Caddy

Hey Paul: I am working out from under a fair amount of debt. My job covers current living expenses but not much to put towards paying down debt. I am looking into taking on a second part-time job and will

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Refinancing is Worth a Look

Hey Paul: What do you think will happen to mortgage rates this summer? We have a 30-year mortgage that we have 22 years left paying on. Our mortgage rate is 4.75%. Should we refinance our home?  The refinance question comes

Posted in Home Mortgages, Tax Planning