Shelbyville Central Schools is set to begin a new chapter in local education with the opening of the Golden Bear Preschool.
And the school corporation is set to close a chapter with the retirement of Superintendent David Adams.
Late Tuesday afternoon, members of the SCS school board toured the new preschool now under construction in the former Marsh Supermarket building at 1015 E. State Road 44.
There was noticeably less debris and dust in the facility, and following the school board meeting after the tour, new interim Superintendent Mary Harper said they were looking ahead to opening day.
“It is on track to open. It is on track to open. That one thing about the internet and the phones is maybe gonna push it back a week for registration, uh, but we are gonna be ready to go and, with kids in there by August the first,” said Harper (pictured).
The internet and phone issue Harper referred to came up during the tour of the new preschool.
Architects Schmidt & Associates told the school board that a problem with Comcast delayed installing the phone and internet lines, so they went with AT&T as the provider.
However, enrollment at the preschool has been so strong they've had to add another community classroom, Harper said.
She estimated total enrollment is about 225 students.
Excitement about the preschool opening was tempered a bit since Tuesday's school board meeting was the last one for retiring Superintendent David Adams.
At the end of the meeting, the board presented Adams with a rocking chair.
Adams' last day at Shelbyville Central Schools is Thursday.