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News Briefs: March 3, 2010

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By The Staff

 Schools facility committee meets Thursday

The Shelby County Public Schools Local Planning Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the central office in Shelbyville with the goal to compile a facility needs list for each school and center in the district and identify priorities. Neither forum attracted public input, so the committee members have studied data and reports to help them move forward with the charge to create a District Facility Plan for recommendation to the School Board. At a meeting Feb. 15:

§       Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement Kerry Fannin, outlined the District Improvement Plan and a profile sheet from the state Office of Accountability that suggested components of school facilities such as various types of lab space, the importance of a central media center, equipping classrooms and large assembly areas with visual arts technology, etc. 

§       Director of Student Accounting and Support Services Gary Kidwell, showed how the selection of a campus location can affect transportation expense. His illustration cited an annual savings in transportation expense of $42,000 from more efficient bus routing with the addition of the new west-end campus.

§       Assistant Superintendent for Operations Kerry Whitehouse made revisions to the inventory report provided earlier by architects Sherman Carter Barnhart. The revisions more correctly stated the capacity of selected building that had some inaccurate use of classrooms reported. He also reviewed a summary report of the condition of the major systems at each school to assure that no system in need of renovation or replacement would be overlooked.

 

Music students honored

Every student from Shelby County High School that participated in the KY Music Educators Association solo/ensemble competition this past weekend received a Distinguished rating. They were

Ashley Frank, Cello Solo; Nick Watson and Dustin Stivers, Violin Duet; Lauren Greenwell, Sandra Cleary, Jessie Wilson, Violin Trio; Greenwell, Violin Solo. They will advance to the KMEA State Solo/Ensemble contest in May.

 

Close The Deal session planned

A second Close The Deal session will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Shelby County High School. Four volunteers will work with seniors and their parents on completing federal financial-aid forms for college. Parents should call  Sherri Driver at SCHS (633-2344) to make an appointment.  

  Roadwork on I-64

Lane closures and delays possible between the Jefferson/Shelby County line and the Simpsonville exit (mile points 23.2 to 28.1) from 7 p,m. to 6 a.m. daily because of  roadway widening. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in the construction zone. Construction is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011.

 

Candidate training seminars

The Registry of Election Finance, the agency charged with enforcing state campaign finance laws, will present Election Finance Training Seminars beginning Monday. The seminars are designed to educate and train candidates and their treasurers on Kentucky’s campaign finance laws and equip them to run effective and successful campaigns.

Five seminars will be presented in Frankfort. Candidates, campaign treasurers and others interested in campaign finance laws are welcome. The seminars are offered free of charge, and registration forms are available by contacting the Registry at (502) 573-2226, or may be accessed atwww.kref.ky.gov.

 

Dog park public meeting

Shelbyville-Shelby County Parks and Recreation will hold a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at Red Orchard Park, 704 Kentucky St., Shelbyville, in the Miller House to discuss the proposed Dog Park/Run at Red Orchard Park.