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Darts and Laurels time again.
My first Laurel goes to the Jefferson County School Board for voting to make all its campuses and vehicles virtually tobacco-free, beginning in July. Although it should have been done earlier – and still allows a few too many exceptions -- I applaud the board members for this progressive move.
Another Laurel goes to local businesspeople Paul Perconti, Junior Bridgeman, Alice and Wade Houston, Darrell Griffith and many more for their fund-raising efforts to build the Darrell Griffith Athletic Center at the West End School at 36th and Virginia. School founders Robert and Deborah Blair opened their boarding school to help young boys in the area reach their potential through rigorous education, personal development and discipline, and this is just one more step toward guaranteeing its growth and longevity.
And finally, a Laurel goes to U of L for committing millions to expand a program aimed at increasing college participation by graduates of area high schools. One of the newly-included schools -- Southern High -- has historically been one of the county's lower-achieving schools, but a recent overhaul of its educational leadership has begun to change its direction. And this generous commitment will allow many of its graduates to be the first in their families to have access to a college degree.