News Briefs: July 28, 2010

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By The Staff

 JCTC tuition to rise

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved tuition and mandatory fee proposals for the 2010-11 academic year for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University and Western Kentucky University at its meeting Friday in Pikeville. For resident undergraduates, the council approved a 4 percent increase for KCTCS and a 5 percent increase for KSU and WKU. The council also approved proposals for non-resident and graduate rates. In May, the Council set tuition and mandatory fees for all other public institutions.   Road delays, closures Lane closures are scheduled for today through Friday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Interstate 64 because of the road widening project between Simpsonville and the Jefferson County line. Other possible closures, delays:

  • Main and Washington streets in Shelbyville could be closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily for sidewalk ramp replacement being done between Ashland Ave. and Hi Point Road.
  • Hempridge Road (KY 714) because of tree trimming.
  • Cedarmore Road (KY 1922) because of ditch cleaning.
  • At the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 55 because of the connection with the Shelbyville Bypass project.

  Jubilee art show reception Students and parents will receive invitations to attend the Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee Youth Art Show Reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hudson Room of the Shelby County Public Library (309 Eighth Street, Shelbyville, entrance on Washington Street). State Rep. Brad Montell will announce award winners. Shelby County Magistrate Hubert Pollett  will announce the Senior Art Winner of $1,000 tuition to the college of his/her choice. Artwork remains on display for the community to view during library hours through Aug. 6, when students can pick up their items anytime between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.   SCHS Yearbook event Shelby County High School will host a yearbook event for the graduated seniors of 2009-2010 at 5-7 p.m. Aug. 9. Principal Eddie Oakley worked with students and staff to delay publication of the annual yearbook in order to include spring activities. The books are in, and graduates can come by the high school to pick up one and gather friends’ autographs.   Community foundation grant deadline The Shelby County Community Foundation has set the deadline for applications for the Community Partnership Grant Funds for Sept. 15. Tax-exempt organizations that may apply for grants include 501c(3), governmental organizations and ecumenical religious organizations.Application forms may be obtained by visiting  www.shelbyccf.org.   SCHS SBDM seeks nominations The Site-Based Decision Making Council for Shelby County High School is seeking nominations for parent members to serve on the council. Currently there are two seats available on the council. Elected members for these seats will serve 1-year terms beginning Sept. 1 through June 30, 2011. The SBDM meets monthly at the high school and is responsible for developing policies that improve student achievement. SBDM Councils have the ability to help create a successful school environment, but parental involvement is needed.  Consider nominating yourself or someone you know who is dedicated to student achievement. For nomination forms, call the Shelby County High School Youth Services Center at 633-2344 ext 111. The deadline for nominations is 3 p.m. on Aug. 11. Elections will be held 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 at SCHS. Other SBDM meetings:

  • Heritage Elementary’s SBDM will have an open-session meeting at 3:30 p.m. today.
  • Southside Elementary’s SBDM will meet in a special called session at 5 p.m. Thursday in the school library. Principal candidates will be reviewed.

Seven Counties has open house, new program Seven Counties Services of Shelby County will host a community open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at its facility at 250 Alpine Drive in Shelbyville. Seven Counties Services provides programs and services for individuals with mental illness, alcohol and other drug addictions and developmental disabilities. Information on these services and more will be available at the open house. Representatives from the American Red Cross, the Shelby County Health Department, the Dorman Pre-School Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Center for Women and Families and other area agencies will also be in attendance. Free transportation to and from the event will be provided through pick-ups at the library (4:45 p.m.); the multi-purpose center (5:00 p.m.); Goody’s (5:15 p.m.); the fire station on Main Street (5:30 p.m.); the lawn and benches across from the court house (5:45 p.m.); and Centro Latino (6:00 p.m.). Return transportation to each location will begin at 7 p.m. In addition to valuable information, attendees can enjoy food, face-painting and fun activities.Seven Counties also announced one of its three therapeutic rehabilitation clubhouse programs for persons with severe mental illness are participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Kentucky Department of Education would be held at its Welcome House on Alpine Drive, too. These voluntary programs are open to clients 18 years or older with a psychiatric disability. Meals will be served at no separate charge to enrolled participants at the clubhouses and are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  If you believe you or any individual has been discriminated against in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. contact Sheila Miller at (502) 955-5997. No drivers’ tests next week Kentucky State Police announced that there would be no driver’s testing administered in Shelby County on Wednesday because of an in-service day for Its employees.   Kentucky finalist in education program  Gov. Steve Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and congressional members announced that Kentucky is among the finalists for the second round of federal Race to the Top funding, a pot of over $3.3 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be used for education reform.     “We are thrilled to once again see Kentucky in the list of finalists for Race to the Top funding,” Beshear said. “Kentucky has shown repeatedly that it is a leader in education reform, and our selection reflects the high quality of our application and reinforces the validity of the work we are engaging in for Kentucky’s children.”  The next step is to prepare to defend the application to a panel of reviewers in Washington, D.C. who will make the final decisions on winners. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the second round of “Race to the Top” awards in the fall of 2010.   McConnell goes social – as in media Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has established an official social media network to allow him to communicate directly with the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The network consists of his U.S. Senate Web site, official Facebook page and a YouTube channel. You can go to www.mcconnell.senate.gov, www.facebook.com/mitchmcconnell or www.YouTub.com/RepublicanLeader to learn more about McConnell and his activities.