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Education

  • Kentucky’s little queen

    A fourth grade Painted Stone Elementary student is preparing to take the national stage in Orlando this summer to compete for Little Miss United States.

    With less than two years of pageant experience under her belt, 10-year-old Tayan Stansfield was recently crowned Little Miss Kentucky United States and already holds the title of Junior Miss TOPS with the Miss KY/Miss America Scholarship Organizations.

  • Charter schools pass, leave questions

    The lengthy debate regarding a charter school bill in Kentucky has been put to bed.  Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law last week and no appeal came as the session wrapped.

    Many urge that charter schools give parents additional educational opportunities for their students to be better served, while others argue the new law will take money from underfunded traditional public schools.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said it’s too early to say what the new law will mean for Shelby County, or even the state.

  • Lyles receives WHAS/ExCEL award

    Standing before a crowded gymnasium of students and peers cheering her on, Heritage Elementary third-grade teacher Julia Lyles was all smiles Wednesday morning as she grasped her golden apple award in one hand and gently patted her tiny baby bump with the other.

    While preparing for motherhood may be an exciting endeavor for the soon-to-be mom, 2016-17 will also be forever engraved in her life as the year she was honored as Shelby County’s Teacher of the Year.

  • Collaborating for culture

    Several schools across Shelby County are joining forces this week to spread cultural awareness within the community.

    On Thursday evening from 6-7:30, students from Simpsonville, Clear Creek and Painted Stone elementary schools will join West Middle and Collins High schools in the Collins cafeteria for Cultural Night.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Calendar bill moves forward

    Due to a calendar conflict, the Shelby County Board of Education rescheduled their regularly planned Thursday meeting and convened instead on Tuesday for a special-called meeting.

  • Sams tenders school board resignation

    Shelby County Board of Education member Karen Sams announced last week her decision to step down from her position on the board.  Sams, who has served on the Shelby County Board of Education since 2012, tendered her resignation to the board through a prepared statement on February 24 citing a conflicting work schedule.

  • Education commissioner kicks off survey in Shelby

    As the rain began to slow Wednesday morning, the Kentucky Department of Education announced it was ready to get a clearer view on necessary changes and improvements in schools across the state.

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt stopped into Clear Creek Elementary School Wednesday morning to kick off the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD District revamps facility plans

    The Shelby County Board of Education convened Thursday for a special called meeting to discuss future facility plans for the district.

    The district highlighted a handful of needs that would require construction to accommodate.

  • Heritage gets historical

    If not for a parking lot completely packed to the limit with modern day cars, one might have thought they had slipped back in time at Heritage Elementary School Thursday evening.

    Students dressed as candlemakers, blacksmiths, tailors, carpenters, potters, farmers and other colonial tradesmen and women lined the halls at the elementary school and demonstrated their skills. Table by table parents and other guests slowly edged their way through the crowd and watched as six weeks of their children’s hard work and studious efforts came to fruition.

  • Collins hosts successful VEX competition

    Hundreds of competitors and their supporters flooded the auditorium at Collins High School Saturday for one of the state’s largest VEX Robotics Competitions.

    Coaches Tim Oltman and Shane Ware said 71 teams from across the state turned out for the district’s largest and the state’s third largest VEX competition since the program came into existence more than a decade ago.

    “Five to six hundred people attended,” Oltman said.  “Shelby County teams did really well.”