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EARLIER: New school to be named after Martha Layne Collins

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By Lisa King

Shelby County's new secondary school will be named for after former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

The school board on Thursday night approved this honor for Collins, the only woman to be governor. She is a Bagdad native who graduated from Shelbyville and a former teacher.

Collins became governor in 1983, serving one term, before getting involved in education reform and economic development by serving in various education-based roles. Since 1998, she has been executive scholar-in-residence at Georgetown College.

The center, which is under construction at Discovery Boulevard and U.S. 60, west of Shelbyville, is scheduled to open in August 2010.

Mike Smith of Sherman Carter Barnhart, the facility's architect, told the board Thursday that construction on the $40 million facility is on schedule.

The building is being constructed in phases, and at this point, the foundation, flooring and some partial walls are in place.

A new concept currently being considered for how to use the facility calls for Grades 8-12 to be housed both there and at Shelby County High School. East and West Middle Schools would continue for sixth and seventh grade only.

A public forum to garner input on this concept will be held tonight at 6 o'clock at West Shelby Middle School.

  School to end June 2

Also at Thursday's meeting, the board approved an amended 2008-09 school calendar for this school year that sets the last day of school for June 2.

Students also will be out are May 19, which is Election Day, and May 25, which is Memorial Day.

Students have missed seven days this year because of weather, and the legislature recently granted the district flexibility in reducing the number of required makeup days.

The next meeting of the Shelby County School Board will be April 16 at 7 p.m. at Shelby County High School.