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New school superintendent to be announced Thursday; preschool to open in July

 

The clock is ticking toward two big changes in the Shelbyville school system.

 

On Thursday, the board of Shelbyville Central Schools is scheduled to reveal the name of the city's new school superintendent.

 

The school board is due to hold a special meeting at noon Thursday in Blue River Career Programs, 801 St. Joseph St., to vote on a 1-year contract for the new superintendent.

 

Following the board's regular meeting Tuesday evening, school board chairman Mike Warble said the name of the new superintendent will be revealed at that time.

 

Current superintendent David Adams is retiring this summer after nearly 40 years in education.

 

The second big change coming to city schools – in less than 2 months, the new Golden Bear Preschool is set to open.

 

Before Tuesday's meeting, the school board toured the preschool now under construction in the former Marsh supermarket building, 1015 E. State Road 44. (File photo)

 

Leading the tour, Adams told the board that the preschool's designed to accommodate future growth.

 

“Fifteen classrooms, which means, at capacity, if the state would ever change the law, and say that you could, we have enough room for every 4-year-old that lives in Shelbyville. We could easily do 300 kids in all of our classrooms. And actually, because preschools have days, we could actually do more. The capacity here, it's built to grow,” he said.

 

In other matters, the school board on Tuesday evening heard from Assistant Superintendent Mary Harper that Shelby County is eligible for pre-K funding from the state and will be applying for it.

 

Harper also told the board that Project Lead the Way will be adopted for 6th grade students.

 

Project Lead the Way offers coursework in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM curricula designed to meet the demand for skilled workers. Harper said parents would not be charged for the startup costs of the program.

 

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