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Schools prepared for the new year

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com

As students anticipate their return to school, the Fayette County School Corporation staff is also in anticipation after a busy summer of staffing and renovation projects.

“We have hired a lot of great teachers this summer, and I feel like there is a lot of positive energy throughout the district,” Scott Collins, superintendent, said. “Our schools are just buildings without the students, so I have always loved welcoming our students back to school to fill our hallways and classrooms with our children in the district.”

Over summer, the school corporation underwent several expensive projects to update their buildings. Some schools have new boiler units, new flooring, and new lighting among other things.

“Our summer projects have been on schedule, for the most part,” said Collins. “There will be some additional work done in various areas throughout the rest of the summer and early fall, but these were scheduled to take place then. Our key areas that are directly connected to the student learning areas are in great shape.”

A significant project planned for the upcoming school year is the closing off of the Connersville High School courtyard with the construction of a field house, planned to begin some time this fall.

“I’m looking forward to the new construction being started,” Randal Judd, CHS Principal, said, “but having school during the construction will be something we haven’t had to deal with for a very long time at CHS.”

Students in the district can expect a few changes upon their return to school. CHS classrooms will have new doors that can be locked from the inside with a push-button mechanism for safety purposes.

Connersville Middle School will have their robotics club reinstated, as it was not available last year, and will implement a stronger STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum for eighth grade to make learning more project-based and collaborative. The school will also have a new eight period schedule.

“CMS is excited about the new schedule that provides all students the opportunity to have access to multiple related arts classes in addition to their core subjects,” Beth Denham, principal, said. “With an eight period day, students are afforded exposure to a variety of curriculums that will enhance their academic experience.”

Most local schools open tomorrow

The first student day for the 2018-19 school year is Wednesday for the Fayette County School Corporation, St. Gabriel and Faith Christian schools. Community Christian starts Monday, Aug. 13.

Registration for St. Gabriel, 224 W. 9th St., was already held, but the school is still allowing registration with no cut-off date. For more information, call the school, 765-825-7951.

For Community Christian School, 3672 N. Western Ave., registration must be completed by Thursday. For more information, call the school, 765-827-9600.

Faith Christian School, at 2635 Iowa Ave., is allowing registration until Sunday, after the school year begins. For more information, call Principal Nadine Baker, 765-541-9168.