Board gets first look at Moorman School interior

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School will be set up in color-coded neighborhoods

By Kelly Neumeyer

The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday got the first peek, albeit a virtual one, inside the still being completed Marnel C. Moorman K-8 school during the regular board meeting at Painted Stone Elementary School.


Board members were treated to a presentation from Studio Threesixty designer Julie McAfee, the primary designer for the school set to open this fall.

McAfee presented renderings of the school’s interior and a detailed explanation of her design choices for color and contemporary furnishings.

“The district is taking an exciting approach to how they’ve planned the school and what they want to be incorporated into the interior of the school,” she said.

McAfee said she carried an analogous color scheme, which is using colors next to each other on the color wheel, throughout the school. The reason for using analogous colors is these colors are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye and create a feeling of stability, she said.

The K-8 school has students grouped into classroom neighborhoods according to grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-8.

“So from a design standpoint, each neighborhood has its own identity and we wanted to have a bright colorful space so my inspiration was the color wheel,” McAfee said.

Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Susan Dugle praised efforts to make the Moorman School an inspiring place for students and educators alike.

“I’ve been able to watch it grow, and what I think is really good about it is there has been a lot of input from educators about the interior,” Dugle said. “I think it’s going to be a great place to learn and it supports our goal of personalized learning.”

The board also heard from Jeremy Adams with Studio Kremer Architects who said the roof at the school continues to be installed, and they are utilizing the favorable weather to make up for time lost last fall due to wet weather conditions. Once the building is fully under roof, this will expedite more the building process, he said.

Organic Kids Club

Painted Stone teachers and students shared with the board the school’s new club that lets students learn gardening and conservation.

Students showed off their new gardening tools, a tower garden, supplies for a window sill garden and a new vermicomposter (worm farm) and bird feeder purchased with a $500 grant from the Shelby County branch of the teacher sorority Alpha Delta Kappa.

The newly formed organics class began this fall seeking ways to get a larger composter.

“We wanted a bigger composter because we had dreams of building a bigger garden,” teacher Sally Zaring said.

Zaring shared her vision with the board to create an outdoor classroom at Painted Stone and her plans to give students real-world experiences through science. To help achieve this goal, the Soil Conservation Board made a $2,500 donation and the school PTO and Kentucky Farm Bureau also have offered financial assistance.

“We hope to use any extra money to start an apiary,” Zaring said.

Also at the meeting, the board approved:

The 2019-2020 board goals.

The 2019-2020 SBDM allocations to school councils.

Payments and claims and authorize the superintendent to sign necessary documentation.

The monthly financial report - March 2019.

Extending the contract with employers to provide 2019-2020 workers’ compensation insurance.

Extending the contract with Nationwide to provide 2019-2020 student accident insurance.

Extending the contract with Liberty Mutual to provide 2019-2020 property and liability insurance.

Regular board meeting minutes for April 11, 2019.

Waiving board policy to allow Shelby County and Collins high school students to travel Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, and use common carrier transportation for a field trip.