Jessamine County Schools calendar, redistricting, graduation all get OK'd

January 30, 2013|By Jonathan Kleppinger |

The Jessamine County Board of Education put its stamp of approval on a couple documents a long time in the making Monday night.

The board approved the calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which looks much like the current year’s. The first draft had included an earlier-than-usual start date to make the fall and spring semesters equal lengths — a change that was found to be unnecessary.

The calendar approved Monday has a start date of Wednesday, Aug. 14, with fall break from Oct. 14-18. Winter break starts Dec. 21 with students going back to school Jan. 6, and spring break from March 31 to April 4. The last day of school if there were no make-up days would be May 28, 2014.

The board also approved this year’s graduation schedule. Commencement exercises will be at Southland Christian Church on June 7, with East Jessamine High School’s at 4 p.m. and West Jessamine High School at 7:30 p.m. Last week’s snow day has pushed the last day of school to May 30.


A few minor changes to the comprehensive redistricting were also approved, with the boundaries of the new elementary school and Warner Elementary School expanded slightly to increase Warner’s attendance area and keep a few more students north of Union Mill Road from traveling all the way to Rosenwald-Dunbar, consultant and former chief operations officer Paul Hamann said.

The new districts go into effect for the elementary schools in the 2013-2014 school year; new districting for the middle and high schools goes into effect in 2014-2015. Maps of the new districts are available on the school district’s website at

The school board also passed the draft budget for 2013-2014, an early document largely based on the current year’s finances.

Bus-driver recognition

The board also recognized a bus driver’s heroic actions at the beginning of its meeting.

Teresa Quinn had stopped on Keene-Troy Road to pick up a student in the fall when she saw a car coming behind the bus and not stopping as student Joseph Casteel began to cross the road. Quinn blew the horn and signaled for Casteel to stop as the car blew through the stop sign on the side of the bus.

“We can only imagine what might have occurred if it were not for Teresa’s efforts,” chief of staff Matt Moore said Monday night.

Quinn credited Casteel, who stood with her, for listening to her and following her instructions every day. She also said she appreciated the training she received as a bus driver that taught her “how to manage these beautiful children.”

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