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KDE wants questions, concerns with Common Core standards

A common complaint

By Ashley Wilkins

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced Monday morning that the department of education is seeking feedback in regards to the state’s Common Core standards.

Holliday explained that the words “common core” have become a politically divisive term.  Education standards should not be a political issue, he said.


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Superintendent’s recommendation is no change

Shelby County school board: Vote expected for no tax increase

By Ashley Wilkins

The Shelby County Public Schools tax rates for the 2014-2015 school year will be established this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Collins High School during the Shelby County Board of Education meeting. 

But there doesn’t appear to be any surprises coming.

Superintendent James Neihof has said he will recommend no change in the tax rate, with it remaining at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

If approved, this would be the second year in a row the board left tax rates unchanged.


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Neihof’s recommendation for no increase in property tax to be taken up Aug. 28

Shelby County School Board: Board expected to keep tax rate is flat

By Lisa King

For the second straight year it appears that the Shelby County Board of Education will not change its property tax rate.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Neihof recommended keeping the rate the same, and board members agreed. Though there wasn’t much discussion, board member Karen Sams said she thought it was a good idea, as did board member Eddie Mathis.


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Nearly 7,000 in attendance on 1st day for SCPS

New school year starts off smoothly

By Ashley Wilkins

As the sun rose this morning, so did thousands of students across Shelby County, some eager to start back to school, some not so eager.


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Schools open today, school board to meet Thursday

SCPS teachers back on the job

By Ashley Wilkins

One might think a championship game was taking place Tuesday morning at the Collins High School gym. But it wasn’t a game at all, it was employees excited to get back on the job after a two-month break.


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District’s vision, some school fees remain the same, but presented in a new form

New teachers, building highlight 2014-15 school year

By Ashley Wilkins

From a new teacher to new shoes, a new school year often brings a lot of changes for students.  However, Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said this year there won’t be any significant changes for SCPS students.

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Allan explained that the students will experience no changes in the existing dress code policies, school hours will not be altered, and there are no significant changes to the school policies and procedures.

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Parents, children are beginning to check off lists for back-to-school items

School supplies, get them while they’re hot

By Ashley Wilkins

With parents emptying shelves as quickly as employees are stocking them, one might confuse the Walmart back-to-school isles for the shelves on black Friday.


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Donations prove instrumental

Please don’t stop the music

By Ashley Wilkins

Many students may dream of participating in the school band or orchestra, but sometimes the cost of a new instrument can be the difference in picking up the trombone and finding a different school activity.

School music programs offer their share of benefits, and one local church is doing what they can to help.

Gary Steinhilberand The First Presbyterian Church’s Outreach Committee have been addressing this issue for 11 years.


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Also nominated for national award

School district recognized for military support

By Ashley Wilkins

This month, Shelby County Public Schools was selected as one of ten finalists for The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, and although it didn’t win the national award the district was recognized with the Pro Patrai Award during Thursday’s board of education meeting.


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STLP focuses on modeling skills to lead in today’s world

Preparing students for the 21st century

By Ashley Wilkins

Shelby County Public Schools Staff Developer, Lora Shields presented board members with updates on the next strand of the new Strategic Leadership Plan Thursday afternoon during the SCPS board meeting.

As part of the district’s “Think Big” motto, The Strategic Leadership Plan contains five components: Globally Effective Students, 21st Century Professionals, Healthy and Responsible Students, Leadership Innovation, and 21st Century Support Systems.

During each bi-monthly board meeting, a new strand is to be presented.


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