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Shelby County School Board: District will say farewell to Hinkle

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Former superintendents will return to honor 12-year veteran

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will celebrate one of its own at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the board office, 1155 Main Street, the board’s final meeting of the 2012 calendar year.

Superintendent James Neihof and former superintendents Leon Mooneyhan and Elaine Farris will recognize board member Sam Hinkle for his 12 years of service on the board. Hinkle lost his seat representing District 2 to Karen Sams in the November election.

And that won’t be the only celebrating at the board meeting.

The board and district staff also will present diplomas through the Diploma Recovery Project.

The project, whichstarted earlier this year,gives former students that have dropped out of school the opportunity to earn an actual diploma from the school instead of an equivalent certification. Using online tools and testing through COMPASS, students can earn the credits they need to graduate.

In May the district presented its first recovery diploma to Marissa Hilgerson.

Building projects

The board  also will consider a vote to move forward on the new Southside Elementary School project. The school will be built at the same location as the existing Southside, 728 Gingko Drive, while the old school remains open.

The first vote will be to award a contract, and if that passes the board will vote on opening the project to get started. The district plans to begin using the school for the 2014-15 school year.

Architects from K. Norman Berry, who will also present the Southside information, will also give the board an update on the Northside project. The demolition of the houses and the school on College Street, between 8th and 9th streets, almost has been completed this week.

The district plans to begin using the preschool, which will service up to 300 students, by January 2014.

School calendar

The board will hear a presentation and consider a vote on the 2013-14 school year calendar, which will set the first and last days of school, vacations and holidays, as well as graduation dates.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Hear a report from Energy Manager Sherman Adams.
  • Consider approval of the intent to apply for a grant to purchase hybrid diesel/electric buses.
  • Consider approval of 2013-14 non-resident contracts for outgoing students to Frankfort Independent, Henry County and Trimble County school districts.
  • Present What Outstanding Work awards.
  • Consider approval for the Shelby County High School construction team and the AP Environmental Science class to use a common carrier for field trips.
  • Consider approval of waiving board policy to allow the SCHS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams to practice on Sundays in preparation for tournament play in February.
  • Consider approval of waiving board policy to allow East Middle School students to travel on Sunday and use a common carrier for a field trip May 10-12.