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Although property values increased, attendance rate dropped, leaving small shortfall.

SCPS budget shows several changes from earlier draft

By Ashley Sutter

Susan Barkley, SCPS director of finance, shared with the board Thursday the working budget for the 2015-16 school year and the district is looking a bit unbalanced.

“The working budget expenditures exceed the receipts by about five hundred thousand dollars,” Barkley said.

She noted that a little more than $300,000 of the expenditures in the more than $64 million General Fund budget is a result of a carryover from the previous fiscal year’s budget.


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Gallrein adds ag ed program to annual pumpkin patch field trips

Straight from the horse’s mouth

By Ashley Sutter

Pumpkins patches, pizza baking and a talking horse don’t typically have much in common, but last week at Gallrein Farms, they all came together to make a unique and fun classroom setting.


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Program caters to non-traditional students

Big Picture Learning gives district an alternative to alternative education

By Ashley Sutter

Shelby County Public Schools recognizes that not all students fit the same learning mold. So the district is considering the possibility of launching the state’s first Big Picture School.

With nearly 100 schools around the globe participating, the program redesigns education in the United States.  With their innovative approach to learning, the program has a 92 percent graduation rate.


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First two nights go smoothly

SCPS rolls out student computers

By Ashley Sutter

Nearly every Shelby County Public Schools high student will be spending their weekend tinkering with a new Chromebook, thanks to the district’s commitment to pair every student with their own device by 2018.


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Nike will offer one-year training to students

PSE fitness equipment unveiled

By Ashley Sutter

Getting kids excited about their physical fitness is not always a simple task, but representatives from Project Fit America made it look easy Friday afternoon at Painted Stone Elementary School as students screamed, cheered and clapped for the unveiling of their new fitness equipment.


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SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to consider working budget

By Ashley Sutter

The Shelby County Board of Education will vote on the working budget for the 2015-16 school year when they meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street.

The board voted without discussion in June to approve the tentative budget, which included small changes from the Draft Budget that was presented in January.

The first rendition of the 2015-16 budget included total revenue of $57.55 million, and that number was increased to $57.63 million with changes in June.


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Minority scores are increasing, but is it enough?

District ACT scores on the rise

By Ashley Sutter

Shelby County Public Schools administration was pleased with improvements seniors recorded on ACT results posted for the 2015 graduating class.

The report took into account that students were able to retake the exam on multiple occasions throughout the year, after taking it as juniors, as required by the state.


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District offers a different pathway outside the new CCR requirement

Board clears up graduation requirements

By Ashley Sutter

As the district requires students to be college or career ready to graduate, some parents have recently expressed concern about those tracks and how their children can achieve CCR status.


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“This is an expensive and invasive program”

Not all in favor of drug testing students

By Ashley Sutter

While there was no public opposition voiced in the meetings leading up to the school board’s decision concerning a drug testing pilot program, parent Rick Markle said he strongly disagrees with the board’s decision to approve the program last month.  Thursday, during their board meeting, Markle claimed the program steps on his toes as a parent and violates his daughter’s right to privacy.


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ACT report ready

SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD–District to discuss new graduation expectations

By Ashley Sutter

 

Those concerned about the new graduation requirements may find some solace Thursday when the Shelby County Board of Education meets for their regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane.

John Leeper, Director of Innovation and College and Career Readiness for the district, will present an overview of the Petition for Graduation, which will provide a breakdown of a different pathways students may pursue if they are unable to achieve the district’s new graduation standards.


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