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Councilwoman Welch applauds JCPS designation of a Community School program for Fairdale High School

Friday October 13, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – A new community resource will soon be available to parents, students and others in the Fairdale area.

In a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 17th, at 10:30am the Fairdale High School Magnet Career Academy will be designated as one of eight Community Schools in Metro Louisville.

“This is fabulous news for parents and all of us in District 13,” says Councilwoman Vicki Welch (D) 13.

The program will be unveiled during a special ceremony and open house with Welch, Mayor Jerry Abramson and school Superintendent Stephen Daeschner

“This means the school will be available to citizens of all ages for after school programs such as exercise classes, basketball teams, art and crafts, creative writing, family literacy and drama.”

In the past, the Community Schools program has focused on inviting residents to participate in a variety of programs. Many of the programs begin as soon as school is out until 9:00pm.

But Welch says the program has additional benefits.

“This offers families additional options to keep children safe and active in a positive, healthy environment,” says Welch. “Last year, JCPS served more than 2,800 students and 1,500 adults at other Community Schools. This is a wonderful provision to make our city stronger by bringing our community together.”

The Community Schools program is a cooperative effort between JCPS and Louisville Metro Government. One of the goals of the program is to help enhance schools and neighborhoods to benefit children and families.

Vicki Welch (D) 13