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Start times set for local schools

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Public schools announce updated bus routes

By Calen McKinney

Note: School bus routes are published in their entirety in Thursday’s print edition. Watch Monday's issue for information on school dress codes.

Local students will soon have to set their alarms again to make sure they're on time for the start of the school day.

Campbellsville, Taylor County and Kentucky Christian School students begin classes Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Starting times might not be changing much this year, but a change at Taylor County Schools will see its students leaving school early each Friday.

During a special meeting last month, the Taylor County School Board approved an amended 2009-2010 calendar proposed by incoming superintendent Roger Cook, which will end the school week for Taylor County students at 1 p.m. each Friday.

At the meeting, Cook said that weekly, two-hour professional development sessions are needed to implement a performance-based learning program that will allow students who already know the material they are being presented to move on to another grade level if they pass an exam.

Students will leave school at 1 p.m. each Friday, while teachers will stay two hours longer for training. However, in order to achieve the state-required 1,062 hours of instruction, TCES will have to add 20 minutes of instruction time to the school day and TCHS will have to add nine minutes.

At Taylor County Elementary School, the school day begins at 8 a.m. Classes will end at 2:50 p.m.

Melissa Long, TCES vice principal, said educational programs will be offered for students who won't be able to leave school at 1 p.m. on Fridays.

Friday Wrap-Up, Long said, which is free, will be available until 3 p.m. The school also offers another after-school program until 5 p.m. that students may attend for a fee.

At Taylor County Middle School, according to Assistant Principal Tony Jewell, students will begin their school day at 8 a.m. The day will end a few minutes after 3 p.m. He said the official time hasn't been officially set yet.

Jewell said the school already has some extra instruction time built into its schedule, which will help the transition to early release Fridays.

Jewell said TCMS will also offer free programs for those students who won't be able to leave school until 3 p.m.

At Taylor County High School, according to office worker and teacher Jenny Despain, the school day will begin at 8:05 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m. A free program will also be offered for TCHS students on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

At Campbellsville Elementary School, according to principal David Petett, students will begin class at 8:10 a.m. School ends at 2:50 p.m.

Campbellsville Middle and High school students will begin their day at 8 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m., according to school officials.

At Kentucky Christian School, according to Gail Gabehart, KCS director, the school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.