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While about half of Kentucky preschoolers are not ready for kindergarten, Shelby County is trying to stay ahead of the curve.

Start behind, stay behind

By Ashley Wilkins

The latest research of Kentucky students confirmed a truth most educators are already aware of and many young parents fear –only half of our children are prepared for kindergarten.


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Oakley will remain at school until end of year

SCHS principal ready to retire

By Ashley Wilkins

Having served in the education field for 32 years, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley says he’s ready to start a new chapter.

Though he has enjoyed the journey, Oakley said it’s time to retire and explore different paths.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” he said. “Its just time to do something else.”

Oakley said he might use his free time to flip houses or visit his son in Australia.


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Do school searches violate a student’s rights?

The line between privacy and protection

By Ashley Wilkins

When it comes to student searches, at what point do school personnel cross the line between the school’s rights to protect and the student’s rights to privacy?

While it is true that authorized school employees have the right to search students without consent, one Shelby County High School father believes the district crossed the line between protection and invasion and is performing random searches without justification.


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District says students safe, note a copy of a YouTube series and disciplinary action taken

Parents outraged at SCPS handling of Death Note

By Ashley Wilkins

A note discovered at East Middle School last week has left several students feeling unsafe during the school day and numerous parents enraged.

The note, according to a parent, contained a list of student’s names and was titled Death Note and the district says it’s considered a play on Japanese anime series of the same name.

The series features a student that finds a notebook that will bring death upon any person whose name is written within.


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Students raised nearly $2,000 for medical bills, travel costs

Titans help peer battle cancer woes

Collins High School classrooms were with filled yellow shirts instead of the school’s normal Titan blue as students took the opportunity to support one of their own.


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SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – ATC expansion to broaden Career Villages

By Ashley Wilkins

The Shelby County Board of Education got a sneak peak of the district’s modern education tactics on Thursday when Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse and Tommy Hurt, the district’s chief information officer, gave a report on 21st Century Support Systems, the fifth strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan.


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Board, administration look for ways to cover state shortfalls

District starts budget process

By Ashley Wilkins

The Shelby County Board of Education accepted the first draft budget for the 2015-16 school year Thursday night and based on projections using last year’s funding, the district is expecting a $538,162 increase in local General Fund receipts.


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Numbers continue to rise

Kentucky among highest graduation states

By Ashley Wilkins

Kentucky schools now rank among the highest in the country for graduation rates, according a report from the U.S Department of Education.

With an 86 percent graduation rate for 2012-2013, Kentucky tied with five other states and falls just behind eight others.


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Shelby County Board of Education – Draft budget ready for review

By Ashley Wilkins

In December, the Kentucky Board of Education announced that there would be a reduction in state’s SEEK funding. The state has not yet released the decrease amount, but district Superintendent James Neihof said the district is anticipating a one percent drop.

Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education will review the 2015-16 draft budget when the board convenes at the district offices at 7 p.m., at the district offices. 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville, but Neihof said the draft is just the first step of three in preparing the budget.


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Ammo also at Clear Creek

Ammunition found at Collins

By Ashley Wilkins

Phone alerts went out earlier this week to many parents across the district after ammunition was discovered at two Shelby County schools.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the discovery of empty shell casings found in the hallway at Collins High school.

Deputy Ray White, Collins High School Resource Officer, said he was unable to share any information regarding the investigation but did say he felt it was “nothing dangerous, nothing earth shaking.”


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