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Education

  • Please don’t stop the music

    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.

  • School supplies, get them while they’re hot

    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.

    From pencils to backpacks, carts were being filled Wednesday morning with items in preparation for the new school year, which begins Aug. 13 for students.

    And with the new school year comes new students like Damien Rothrock who’s starting kindergarten at Painted Stone Elementary this year.

    His mother, Alisha Rothrock said her son is very excited.

  • School district recognized for military support

    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.

    Robert S. Silverthorn, Jr., Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve [ESGR] Field Committee Chairman of the Kentucky Committee, presented the award to the board.

    The award is presented to nominees that have shown a great deal of support to Guard and Reserve employees.

  • Preparing students for the 21st century

    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.

  • Indictment in school district embezzlement case will wait

    Despite being labeled as a “black and white” case, Shelby County Public Schools is still waiting for an indictment against a former employee accused of embezzling from the district funds.

    In May, SCPS Superintendent James Neihof expressed to The Sentinel-News that information had been uncovered implicating Benita Anglin in the manipulation of the payroll software MUNIS. Anglin, at the time, was the district’s payroll manager.

  • Southside remains on schedule for opening

    This Thursday, attendees at the Shelby County Public School board meeting will once again review the construction progress for the finishing touches at the Northside Early Childhood Center and the last bits of construction at the new Southside Elementary School.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. at the district's offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville. A representative from K. Norman Berry and Associates will be on hand to update the board with a slideshow presentation of images for both buildings.

  • School board not ready to redistrict

    Despite an agenda including a change to the voting districts, the Shelby County Board of Education once again postponed the decision to a later date.

    The motion to table the voting discussion was made by board member Karen Sams, who said she felt the board needed more time in light of new information.

    “We’re not prepared to address the things that have been brought up tonight right here during this discussion, and that’s why I thought it might be best to table it until a future special called working session,” Sams said.

  • Lincoln Institute celebrates 102 years

    n 1912, in reaction to the Day Law that segregated black and white students, the doors opened to The Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, a boarding high-school established for African-Americans.

    After a rise in integrated schools, The Lincoln Institute was closed in 1966, but for 54 years it was a bastion of reading, writing and arithmetic.

    This weekend the school’s alumni will reunite, with more than fifty-years worth of students attending.

  • School Board expected to vote on redistricting

    After having two weeks to look over the proposed redistricting maps, the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday is expected to have reached a decision on whether or not they want to accept one as their new voting boundaries.

  • Costs prohibit SCPS from offering free lunches

    It’s an unfortunate yet accurate fact that many children go throughout their school day with an empty and growling stomach.

    But for many students across America, those tummies are being tamed, thanks to The Community Eligibility Option, a reform from the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

    The program provides school lunches at no charge to all students at participating schools, regardless of the family’s income.