Election 2012: Shelby County School Board: Sam Hinkle

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Hinkle puts focus on academics

By Todd Martin

Running for his fourth term on the Shelby County Board of Education, Sam Hinkle has a focus on one thing: achievement.

Hinkle, who for 12 years has served District 2, said “Academic achievement for all students” is the biggest issue facing the board.

He points to three programs as the board’s biggest achievements in his time — all-day kindergarten, the accelerated academies at both high schools and summer school for those needing extra help in reading — and all three are focused on achievement.

Hinkle is a graduate of Shelbyville High School and went on to earn degrees at Washington & Lee University and Yale Law School, and he said he knows a thing or two about the curriculum Shelby’s students face. All four of his children have graduated from Shelby County High School.

Hinkle also works with the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers on the Project Lead the Way program, which is offered at both Collins and Shelby County high schools.

Looking toward the future, Hinkle’s eyes remain fixed on making sure each student earns “one year’s progress each school year,” using intervention methods when needed, that “all seniors are graduating college and career ready, and that there is increased academic enhancement for high achieving students.”

Hinkle works as a lawyer and helps run his family’s farm southeast of Shelbyville.