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Councilwoman Shanklin goes back to school to be “Principal for a Day”

Tuesday January 30, 2007

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

Louisville – When students go to class at Rangeland Elementary on Tuesday, January 30 a new principal will be greeting them at the door.

But it is only for one day.

“It never hurts to go back to school from time to time and I am looking forward to this,” says Dr. Barbara Shanklin (D) 2.

As a way to experience how today’s schools operate and understand the needs of children, Shanklin will participate in Rangeland’s “Principal for a Day” program. It is a chance to see what the school offers its students and how it addresses some of the education challenges in the area.

Rangeland is a year round school in the Jefferson County Public School System with more than 570 students. All other days of the school year, Mashelle Kiggins is Rangeland’s Principal.

“The Metro Council from time to time lends a financial hand to some of our local schools in need,” says Shanklin. “This gives me a better understanding of what our schools need and what our children need in order to learn.”

The school offers wide variety of programs including accelerated reading, Spanish, D.A.R.E. and health promotion. There is also a Montessori program; all day kindergarten and a family resource center.

“I plan to observe and interact with kids and teachers,” says Shanklin. “And if a parent or two may have a question about something, I will see if we can work time in for that as well.

Rangeland Elementary is located at 1701 Rangeland Road. School begins at 9:00am.

Barbara Shanklin (D) 2