Work continues on renovations to Farr-Chinnock Hall, the former home to math and science at LMU. Once completed, the facility will house the J. Frank White Academy. The work should be complete in August, just in time for a new school year. Picture is the new addition of a back entrance to accommodate drop-off and pick-up. Changes to the current road are also underway to assist with traffic flow.
The Claiborne County Relay for Life event last Friday was a great success, raising a total of $137,231.13 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Claiborne County has now surpassed $1,000,000 in giving since Relay for Life began in the county. LMU once agian played a big role in the event acting as corporate sponsor. Additionally, three LMU administrators were a partof the leadership team, the LMU community was represented by three teams and Railsplitter Athletes volunteered with everything from logistics to clean-up.
The J. Frank White Academy kicked off the school year on Monday. Following a pretty standard summer filled with trips and summer jobs, the Knights headed back to class at the college preparatory school with some changes to adjust to. Following years of a standard schedule with six 55-minute classes each day, a modified block schedule has been adopted for the new school year.
Principal Jarryd Boster said, “Our instructors told me that there were more lab activities they wanted to do in science, but that the class period was too short to accomplish it,” Boster said. “We looked for ways we could enhance our students’ experiences and strengthen our curriculums. The modified block schedule delivers on all counts.”
The block schedule extends the school day by an hour and half with class in session from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Two class periods per day are extended to 90 minute sessions.
The students, though not bursting with excitement, don’t seem to mind the longer class time.
Along with a longer school day, the Knights were also greeted by a brand new student lounge. Breaks have been built into the day, including one 20-minute break toward the end of the day. The new student lounge includes a snack bar where students can purchase snacks to get them through the day. Beyond the snacks, the longer break gives students the opportunity to socialize, study or check email in the media center.