Education briefs

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By Stevie Lowery

The school board unanimously approved establishing the current Hugh C. Spalding Academy as a separate A5 school beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

A draft of enrollment and graduation requirements for the Hugh C. Spalding Academy was also presented to the board for the first reading.

Superintendent Chuck Hamilton, who helped develop an A5 school while he was Mercer County's superintendent, said the school would allow students to earn their diploma, but also give them the flexibility to work.

A5 schools are defined as "a district-operated and district-controlled facility designed to provide services to at-risk populations with unique needs."

According to Hamilton, there would be no KHSAA regulations or extra curricular activities. Students would earn the basic, minimal high school requirements to graduate, but would also receive additional job placement assistance.

The A5 school will be housed in the Marion County Area Technology Center.

School officials anticipate the school serving approximately 50 students.

MCHS renovation approved

The school board approved a renovation of Marion County High School to include windows, lighting, restroom restorations and science labs. Construction will begin as soon as possible, pending financing and Kentucky Department of Education approval. RossTarrant Architects will be handling the renovation.

Redistricting of magisterial districts

The board approved the redistricting of school board districts to coordinate with the alignment of magisterial districts.   

Officials with the Lincoln Trail Area Development District worked with county officials to come up with the proposed changes to the districts based on the 2010 Census information. In previous years, the district boundaries were somewhat arbitrary, but officials are being encouraged not to break up census blocks as they create their new districts.

Calvary Elementary receives Energy Star status

T.J. Poliskie, school energy manager, informed the school board that Calvary Elementary School has now been designated as an Energy Star status facility. St. Charles Elementary and Glasscock Elementary schools' Energy Star status was also recently renewed.

Surplus computers

The board declared approximately 271 computers as surplus.

Superintendent's evaluation

The board scheduled Superintendent Hamilton's formative (mid-year) evaluation to be completed at the board's next meeting Jan. 24, which will be held at St. Charles Middle School.