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Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof reported to the school board Thursday that the district is nearing completion of its Career Academy plan and hopes to present it by mid-winter to give students, parents and schools time to prepare for its implementation next year.
The academy will be similar to the accelerated academy, giving students focused on the workplace after graduation a path to excel and be more marketable.
Neihof highlighted several areas, which include:
“We’re working with the Area Technology Center to make these elements the framework of the Career Academy,” Neihof said. “This is going to be unlike any others around, and the KDE is offering the freedom to innovate with this project.”
The Career Academy would offer many different approved career clusters, including several tracks that are already in place, such as agriculture, engineering, culinary arts, machine tool technology, industrial maintenance and others.
Southside project moves forward
The board approved the next step for the new Southside Elementary building project. With the plans already submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education, the architects at K. Norman Berry now have the OK to release the job to bid once it receives KDE’s approval. The current schedule has the building construction beginning in late March 2013 and occupancy by summer 2014.
Also at the meeting, the board: