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Shelby teachers out of running for state’s top teacher award
The semifinal list for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award has been trimmed to nine, and two Shelby County teachers among the finalists have been eliminated.
Sloane Barnett of Simpsonville Elementary and Jennifer Cox of East Middle School had been among the 24 on the final list, but when the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. announced its final six their names weren’t included.
The winners of the top elementary, middle and high school teachers and the overall teacher of the year will be announced at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the capitol building in Frankfort.
Barnett and Cox and 22 others were named as 2013 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards winners. They were chosen based on their scores from the first round of judging, which was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators. Ashland will present the 24 recipients with cash awards and certificates at the awards ceremony in Frankfort.
EMS band director honored
Tammy Oerther, the band director at East Middle School, has been nominated for the Kentucky Music Educators Association Fifth District Secondary Teacher of the Year. The announcement of the winner will be made in February 2013.
She started as band director at EMS in 2003. Each day of the week, band classes spend 5 to 10 minutes of class focusing on a daily activity, in addition to other in-depth musical lessons: Monday is rhythm; Tuesday is play by ear; Wednesday is balance; Thursday is sightreading; and Friday is recording their performances.
She also teaches Advanced Placement music theory and visual performing arts at Shelby County High School and serves as assistant band director at Collins High School.
Oerther is also a percussion instructor for various other schools, provides private lessons in percussion for ages 10-17.
East Middle’s bands have earned Proficient and Distinguished ratings at KMEA concert festival since 2007 and Distinguished the past two years – amounting to 27 solo and ensemble titles in February 2012. She started the EMS percussion ensemble and it too has received Distinguished KMEA ratings.
Arnold to address Rotary
Shelbyville Walgreen's store manager Karen Arnold will present the program at the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s meeting Tuesday. Arnold is a past president of the club and currently an assistant district governor for the area and will discuss influenza and shots, which will be made available to those attending.
The club meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville. The program is open to the public, but there is a charge for the luncheon.
Spencer tax bills delayed
Spencer County taxpayers will receive their tax bills a month later than expected this year due to a clerical error which resulted in a wrong rate being printed on the bills. The issue has since been resolved and taxpayers can expect the correct rates on the bills when they are received via mail.
Spencer County Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump confirmed that the error was caught before the bills were mailed and that the taxpayers should receive bills by Nov. 1. The sheriff’s department is not in charge of certifying the rates for the county’s taxing entities, but the office is charged by law to collect the bills.
The error will result in taxpayers getting one less month to pay the face value of the bill, where they would have gotten two if bills went out Oct. 1. According to a public notice issued by the sheriff’s department in last week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet, they will still get one month — from Nov. 1 until Nov. 30 — to receive the 2 percent discount. Bill payers will have from Dec. 1-Dec. 31 to pay the face value of the bill. Any bills paid after that date will result in a penalty. According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, the county is within the legal provision for issuing tax bills.
Past SCHS students can request portfolios
Students graduating from Shelby County High School from 2004-2009 may place a request for their senior portfolios in the lobby of Shelby County High School from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed October 15-19 for fall break).
Requests must be made in writing, and all requests are due by 3 p.m. Oct. 26, SCHS Library Media Specialist Julie Webb said.
SBDM council meetings
§ Southside’s regularly scheduled Site-Based Decision-Making Council meeting for this month has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 24 in the school’s library.
I-64 road closures possible
Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the welcome center near Simpsonville to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening and interchange reconstruction. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Shelbyville Fire Department holding toy drive
Employees of the Shelbyville Fire Department and their families will conduct a holiday toy drive this year for families who may not have the means to provide toys and necessities for their children. They will be placing toy drop-off boxes at Shelbyville businesses as well as collection boots and cans for monetary donations.
They are asking any business that would like to assist them by providing them with a location for either a drop off box or fire boot to contact them and they will provide them with one. The toy drive chairperson/contact is Firefighter Dwayne Davis. Anyone wishing to participate may contact him or Assistant Chief Spaulding at (502) 633-7101.
Leaf pickup in Shelbyville
The Shelbyville Department of Public Works will offer leaf pickup Oct. 22 through Dec. 30 within the city limits. Leaves must be bagged in strong garbage bags and tied with a 50-pound weight capacity. They should be placed on the curb, not blocking the sidewalk or street. Residents must call this department, 633-1094, to get on the list for pick-up.
Multi-Purpose launches energy assistance program
Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. will begin on Nov. 5 the “subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that provides heating assistance to eligible household. Last Year, Multi-Purpose was able to assist 401 households in Shelby County with this program.
To qualify, a household must be responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent; have a combined household income, for the calendar month before the month of application, not in excess of 130 percent of the federal poverty level; apply and reside in Shelby County; and not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000 or $3,000, if at least one person in the household is 60 years old or disabled, ($4,000 if resources are being used for living expenses due to catastrophic illness).
Applications will be taken at the office at 1145 Washington St. in Shelbyville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., through Friday. Call 502-633-6371 to make an appointment.
The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.