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SCS board elects new president, welcomes new board member

Shelbyville Central Schools board has a new president and a new member.

At the first meeting of 2022, Curt Johnson was elected president of the board, replacing Gayle Wiley, who is no longer serving on the board.

Wiley’s board seat was filled by Mike Turner, who works for the Shelbyville Police Department. Turner was sworn in Wednesday by Johnson (photo) prior to the start of the monthly school board meeting at the school system’s administrative building.



John DePrez was elected Vice-President and Jim Rees was re-elected Secretary.

One of the board’s first actions Wednesday was to present a Certificate of Recognition to Golden Bear Preschool principal Lora Nigh, who recently received a Build, Learn, Grow (BLG) Stabilization Grant worth $432,149.

Since her inception as principal at the school that opened in 2019, Nigh has received over $600,000 in grant funding, according to the board.

The BLG grant is not tied to a specific area of education, meaning Nigh can spend the funds as she wishes to best help the preschool.

Nigh told the board she plans to spend the funds on personnel. There may be a second round of BLG funding available later this year, according to Nigh.

The board also approved the 2022-2023 school year Shelbyville High School Course Guide.

As part of the donations list being accepted, business manager Michelle Babcock informed the board that the school system received a truckload of Lysol wipes through a donation opportunity that was distributed throughout the school system.

Once it was determined SCS had an ample supply of Lysol wipes, superintendent Mary Harper reached out to local organizations, such as the Self Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc. of Shelbyville/Shelby County, and the parks department as well as other county school systems, and donated the remaining supplies.