News Digest, Aug. 14, 2013

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By The Staff

Governor’s Scholars to be

honored by school board

The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize the county’s Governor’s Scholars at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The board will also return to the practice of rotating one monthly meeting among the district’s school sites. This week’s meeting will be at Shelby County High School, at 1701 Frankfort Road.

The Governor’s Scholar program requires students to complete an application and compete with other students across the commonwealth to earn a spot in the free academy. The program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. There is separate academy for the arts.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Consider approval of General Fund commitment amounts for the 2013-14 school year.
  • Consider acceptance of the 2012-13 unaudited annual financial report.
  • Consider approval of the second reading of the revised SCPS policy on school-related student trips.
  • Consider approval of program of student for the director of special education.
  • Consider approval of Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) chairpersons for the 2013-14.
  • Consider approval of waiving board policy to allow the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to use school buses for events involving the Young Leaders Institute.
  • Review the administrative procedures for restraint and seclusion forms and for the Superintendent Next Generation Evaluation.

An autumn feel coming

Better check the calendar for the next few mornings, because temperatures are going to feel a whole lot more like fall than a typical August.

Lows the next three mornings are to be in the 50s – high 40s just north of the Ohio River – and highs with clear skies are set to be in the 70s each day.

This is because of a cold front that came through with showers on Tuesday, bringing in air from Canada that also is low on humidity.


I-64 jams possible this week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday that there could be frequent traffic delays on Interstate 64 in the overnight hours this week as construction crews set bridge beams for the KY 55 overpass as part of the ongoing road widening project. That includes delays on KY 55, too.

The construction project extends from just east of Simpsonville (Exit 28) to just east of KY 55 (Exit 32) and includes both road widening and the replacement of the interchange for KY 55.

That construction zone will be mired this week, officials say, with rolling road blocks that will slow and possibly stop traffic for approximately 15 minutes at intervals throughout the evening. Unlike last week’s closure that shut down all westbound traffic for lane shifting, these delays will affect traffic in both directions, although on a rotating basis.

The work will begin on Monday, but rolling road blocks only will be used in the eastbound lanes on Tuesday. The hours for these slowdowns is 10 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning.

On KY 55, motorists should watch for construction staff, who will use flagging methods to direct them through the work zone.

Other road projects:

  • KY 1848: Shoulder closures and construction delays are possible at the I-64 interchange because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.  The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.
  • KY 55:  Lane closures and delays between Interstate 64 and Breighton Boulevard because of roadway widening and paving. 
  • KY 1399: Construction delays possible at the intersection with KY because of roadway relocation.


Collins’ boosters to launch brick program

The Collins High School Athletic Booster Club is launching a “Legacy Brick Garden” by selling commemorative messages to be engraved onto bricks already are in place at the front of the school.

Individuals or organizations may purchase bricks for $100 and have them engraved as a support mechanism for the club and the Titans’ athletic program. This campaign will be unveiled at 5-7 p.m. Thursday during Collins’ Back To School Bash.

A brick may be engraved with a student’s name to create a lasting

gift or appreciation for a teacher or even to advertise a business.

For more information, call 647-1160 or send an E-mail to



Arts program moving to Centre

The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, an annual intensive summer arts residency program for Kentucky high school sophomores and juniors, has announced it will relocate to Centre College in Danville in the summer of 2014.

The program has resided at Transylvania University for the previous 14 years. After recently completing a request for proposals for a host campus for 2014-2017, the arts education program selected the Danville-based college to serve as the new campus. The Governor’s School for the Arts is a statewide arts education program managed by the Kentucky Center, according to a news release.

Students will be on the Centre campus June 22-July 12, 2014.


Wright SBDM election

Wright Elementary will accept nominations to fill one vacant spot for a parent representative on its Site-Based Decision-Making Council. Nomination forms will be sent home this week. Nomination forms need to be turned in no later than Friday. Any nomination forms returned after that date will not be accepted.

All nominees will be contacted on Monday to accept or decline nomination. Elections will be from 7:15 to 8 a.m. on Aug. 22, in the school’s front office for any family member of Wright Elementary to vote.


Berg to address Rotary
Michael Berg, a representative of Hometown Manor, will speak to the Shelbyville Rotary Club on Tuesday. Rotary meets at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 5th and Washington streets in Shelbyville. Meetings are open to the public, but there is a charge for the lunch.

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.