News Digest: April 17, 2013

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By The Staff

Shelby County schools receive  $15,000 in 2 PLTW grants

Shelby County Public Schools has received a $15,000 grant to continue the biomedical sciences program at Shelby County High School, through Project Lead The Way. A $50,000 grant was also awarded to fund a new biomedical sciences program for PLTW at Collins High School.

Kentucky legislation provides funding to both the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department of Education to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education initiatives throughout the state. The high school PLTW Biomedical Sciences program has been identified as a STEM initiative for which funding is provided to establish and support this effort, according to Director of Secondary Schools  Doris Crawford.

“We are very fortunate to be among 17 districts in the state to be selected to receive the PLTW Biomedical grants from KDE,” Crawford said in a release announcing the grants.

The application components included an overall program growth plan with annual growth percentages defined.


Massie supporting 2 new bills

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose District 4 includes Shelby County, on Tuesday announced his support for two pieces of legislation being addressed in Congress.

Massie co-sponsored the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would protect individuals faced with requirements to fund abortion rights and medical procedures that would be part of the Affordable Care Act.

In a release, Massie said the bill also would protect health-care providers who refuse to perform abortions and give recourse to people whose religious convictions conflict with health-care reform.

Massie also has co-sponsored the Retired Pay Restoration Act, which would guarantee service men and women full compensation for their time and sacrifice.

Before 1999, disabled military retirees were required to forfeit a dollar of retirement pay for each dollar of disability compensation received.  Congress has since acted to eliminate this offset for disabled retirees with a sufficient disability rating.  The Retired Pay Restoration Act would extend this advantage to all disabled retirees.

The bill would also provide full disability compensation and pay to individuals whose careers were shortened by service-related disabilities.


State honored for student readiness

Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday teamed up with ACT to celebrate Kentucky’s progress toward the goal of college- and career-readiness for all students.

The event was part of the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign that celebrates achievement and creates awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all.

Kentucky is one of seven states (others are Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina and Wisconsin) invited to participate in the national campaign’s inaugural year.

In 2010, only 34 percent of students in Kentucky graduated from high school ready for college/career. By 2012, that number had risen to 47 percent, Holliday said.

 As part of its campaign, today, ACT recognized Kentuckians who demonstrate exemplary college and career readiness efforts. They were selected based on a variety of criteria by a state committee representing business, education and government. Kentucky’s winners are Citi, receiving a workplace success award; Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), which won a career preparedness award; Murray High School for college and career transition; and Devin O’Neil Morton of Lafayette High School in Lexington, who won a student readiness award.


Severe weather threat
A frontal boundary moving into Kentucky could bring showers and thunderstorms – some severe - into Shelby County and most of Kentucky today and continuing off and on until Friday morning in some areas. The thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hail up to quarter size, according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville.


SBDM meetings

§  East Middle School’s Site-Based-Decision-Making Council will have a special called meeting at 3:45 today at the school and will consider setting a new time for the regular meeting in May.

§  Collins High School’s SBDM meeting will be at 4 p.m. today in the conference room at the school.


Final Kindergarten registration set

Shelby County Public Schools’ kindergarten registration is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the county’s six elementary schools. Parents should bring their child for an assessment while they complete required paperwork. To enroll in Kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1 as verified by a state-certified birth certificate.

Shelby County Public Schools’ Kindergarten Program focuses on building learning skills in a climate that enhances each child and working closely with families to meet the academic and social needs.

Certain documents that are needed for registration include state-certified birth certificate, child’s social security card, current immunization records on Kentucky form, physical exam, eye exam, dental exam, proof of residence and student registration form.

Proof of current immunizations (vaccines) is required by the Kentucky State Department of Health is required to be presented at the time of registration. The registration process is not complete until all immunizations are current. 

Proof of residency is required at the time of new student registration. Proof of residence is the child’s home address verified with a copy of a current utility bill. Two proofs of residence are needed. A parent/guardian driver’s license will not be accepted.

Bus transportation is available for all students as well as breakfast and lunch.

Shelby County elementary schools operate on a regular schedule beginning Aug. 7. The regular school day is 7:40 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

If you have questions, call 633-2375.


I-64 lane closures possible

Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of the roadway-widening project. Lane closures are scheduled Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.