Tennis courts get face-lift

By Kelsey Gerhardt kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com

August 21, 2014

Middlesboro High School unveiled their newly-renovated tennis courts Wednesday. The courts have involved months of work for the school and school board and are now ready for play time.

The Middlesboro School Board also voted to keep the same real estate and personal property tax rate for 2014-2015 at 50.8 cents for every $100 of assessed value. The motor vehicle tax will also be kept at a rate of 56 cents.

The elementary school has started a few new programs this year including the Leader in Me and bornlearning initiatives.

Leader in Me is a program which teaches children ages 5 to 11 the importance of having leadership qualities during interaction with their classmates. Teachers have seen a notable improvement in communication skills since the implementation of Leader in Me activities.

bornlearning focuses on improving parenting tactics for children up to 5 years old. A grant was given to the elementary by Toyota and the United Way to provide this opportunity for local parents.

The middle school will receive a Next Generation classroom in the near future. This will mean the implementation of new technology for students and teachers including Apple iPads and other state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities.

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s Appalachian Renaissance Initiative recently gave two Middlesboro teachers grants to continue their education.

Recipient William Powell is a teacher at the high school and will continue his education in biology. Recipient Mary Wilson from the middle school will continue her education in special education courses.

“The school year is off to a great start. The building looks good, enrollment is up and the attitude is positive, ” said high school principal Bobby Bennett.

Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.