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Shelby County School Board: Board will introduce new student reps

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Finance corporation will be conducted during meeting

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will welcome the new student board representatives at Thursday’s meeting at the board offices, which are at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

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Lauren Greenwell will represent Collins, and Justin Stewart will represent Shelby County. Both are seniors.

Greenwell is a Governor’s Scholar, treasurer for the National Honors Society and president of the Collins Orchestra and the Habitat for Humanity Club. She is also a member of the Beta, Drama and FCA clubs and a member of the Shelby Prevention Youth Council, KYA and the Lady Titans’ lacrosse team.

Outside of school, Greenwell is a youth council leader at Bagdad Baptist Church and a volunteer at Shelbyville Physical Therapy.

Stewart is a captain on the SCHS football team and also runs track. He is a leader for the Link Crew, which matches upperclassmen with eighth-graders to serve as their mentors. Outside of school, Stewart is a member of St. Stephens Baptist Church. He is the second SCHS football player to serve as a student board representative, following Quinten Cottrell in 2010-11.

Finance corporation

Also new on this week’s agenda, the board will handle financial matters that previously had been processed by the now-suspended finance committee.

The board suspended the finance committee at its meeting the Sept. 27 meeting in an effort to make sure it was acting in a transparent manner for the public. For the past several years the committee would report on its meeting during the school board meeting and answer questions about any finance related agenda items.

Southside update

The board will hear an update on the progress of the Northside Early Childhood Center and the new Southside Elementary School projects from K. Norman Berry and Associates, the architect on those facilities. The board accepted a construction bid, contingent on the ability to negotiate, for the Northside plan at the Sept. 27 meeting, and it will hear bids for the rear access road for the Southside plan. The road construction is the first step in the Southside project. The road, which expands the emergency road that connects Kentucky Street with the southern perimeter of the school’s campus, would allow construction crews to get to the facility without interrupting the regular traffic from buses and parents on south 7th Street and Gingko Drive.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Hear a presentation from Kelland Garland on the Presidential Leadership Enrichment Program.
  • Present What Outstanding Work awards.
  • Consider approval of closing the Wright Elementary Roof Project, the second reading of the revised board policies, the October Affirmative Action report and the intent to apply for grants from Wright Elementary and Shelby County High School.
  • Consider approval of non-resident contracts for incoming and outgoing students and for allowing Shelby County Parks and Rec. to use the Collins multi-purpose stadium on Nov. 4.