School News – March 12

On My Way Pre-K accepts applications

Applications are now available for a state-subsidized prekindergarten program helping low-income families.

There will be 100 spots available this fall through the On My Way Pre-K program, which funds the tuition cost for children at any of the approved providers in Bartholomew County.

To qualify, a child must be 4 years old by Aug. 1 and starting kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. In addition, a family must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level, while parents or guardians in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training.

Once a family has met eligibility requirements and has been awarded a grant for their child, they may choose from any of the eligible, enrolled On My Way Pre-K programs in Bartholomew County.

There are currently eight approved providers for the On My Way Pre-K program in Bartholomew County:

  • Busy Bees Academy, R.L. Johnson Early Education Center, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., 1209 Sycamore St.
  • Children Inc., 715 McClure Road
  • First Presbyterian Preschool, 512 Seventh St.
  • KinderCare, 3625 Central Ave.
  • Nana’s Little Angels, 2104 Seventh St.
  • Learn by Heart, 18107 E. County Road 350S, Grammer
  • Deb’s Day Care and Preschool, 5403 W. Quan Wae Drive
  • Taylorsville Elementary School, 9711 Walnut St., Taylorsville

For more information or to file an application, visit

BCSC schedules snow make-up days

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. will have its snow make-up days on March 22 and March 23.

Schools across the district will have spring break from today to March 21 with classes resuming on March 22, according to the school corporation.

Math academic teams honored

Two elementary school math academic teams recently received top honors during a recent competition.

Parkside Elementary School’s Math Academic Teams for Hoosiers (M.A.T.H.) bowl team was named as state runner-up, while Southside Elementary School’s team came in third during the Feb. 22 competition.

Yearbooks on sale at Columbus East

Yearbook orders are being accepted at Columbus East High School.

The cost to order a yearbook is $65. Orders, which will be accepted until May 7, can be placed by visiting an online link found on the Columbus East homepage on the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s website or by visiting English teacher Scott Duncan in room 257.

Tri Kappa offers $1,500 scholarship

Tri Kappa is accepting applications for the Abby Brinkman Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is $1,500 for a high school senior in Bartholomew County who intends to pursue a degree in the medical field. Students interested in applying must submit their applications, along with a high school transcript, two reference letters and an essay by April 2.

Applications and more details may be found in school guidance offices. For more information, email Carrie Beckort, Tri Kappa scholarship chairwoman, at

Project to test for Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

A Columbus East High School senior is seeking individuals to be tested for an inherited disorder as part of her senior project.

Katie Quillen’s project will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 at the WOW Clinic, 2329 N. Marr Road. It will involve testing people for Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, an inherited disorder that may cause lung or liver disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine website.

Individuals with a history of asthma, COPD or emphysema are requested to attend, although the clinic will be open to anyone. The event is free.

For more information, call Quillen at 812-350-2551.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or