Fayette looking to boost arts education

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Fayette County school officials are looking to expand offerings in arts education after a 17-member panel recommended the action in a new report.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/XBG8yF) says Fayette County Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton hopes to have specific proposals by the end of the school year.

The report submitted to the Fayette County Board of Education on Monday recommends expanding the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in addition to increasing the amount of arts education offered to all students.

"Hopefully, we could be ready to start implementing some things as early as next year, depending on space, budget and other things we have to consider," Shelton said.

In addition, the panel suggested creating a new "District Arts in Education Coordinator" who would be responsible for a "systemic approach to arts education and integration."

"These are ideas," said District Program Support Director Kim Lyon, a member of the panel that was made up of district staff, parents, principals and residents. "What we did say is that we hope the board of education will embrace the recommendations, and in short order ask for an implementation plan. That's where you would really see the rubber hit the road, with some time frame for at least getting started."

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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