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By Stevie Lowery

SCMS Principal John Brady to retire
The search for a new principal at St. Charles Middle School is officially on. John Brady has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1, 2013. Brady has been the principal at SCMS since August of 2003.
Interviews for the position are expected to begin in May.

MCATC selected for TRACK program
The Marion County Area Technology Center is one of only 10 technology centers in the state that has been selected for the TRACK – Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky – program. The program will be business and industry driven and tailored to meet specific needs of local businesses.  A student will take a series of four courses that the employer has chosen based on the school’s curriculum and course offerings. Upon successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship program (as determined by the employer in addition to grades and attendance), the Kentucky Labor Cabinet will issue a pre-apprenticeship industry certification that will count in the district’s College and Career Ready Index. The student will receive on-the-job training credit through co-op and classroom hours toward the completion of a registered apprenticeship.
A meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the MCATC to further discuss the program.

Board votes to give funding to LMS
The Marion County Board of Education recently approved a $2,000 contribution to Lebanon Middle School to help with travel expenses to Washington D.C. for the Schools to Watch recognition program. The program takes place June 25–29.

Drug testing program to continue
The school board recently approved additional funding of $1,500 to the student drug testing program at Marion County High School for the 2012-13 school year. Assistant Superintendent Taylora Schlosser informed the board that 50 students are tested each time, and that by the end of the school year all season sports will have gone through three testing cycles. Schlosser said she will give a detailed end of the year report at a board meeting in June.