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Education

  • Barely scratching the Surface

    In 2015, you would be hard-pressed to find a clichéclassroom with a teacher standing at a blackboard, monotonously repeating a textbook lesson.

    Educators now understand that students learn best through collaboration, group work and hands-on lessons.

    To support this innovative method of learning, schools across the nation are tossing out the pencils, papers, textbooks and folders and upgrading to tech-friendly classrooms, integrating 1:1 technology initiatives.

  • School tax rate expected to remain unchanged

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street, to discuss the tax rate for fiscal year 2016.

    The board has already shared their aspiration at two former meetings to not increase the rate.

    Superintendent James Neihof said Thursday during the regularly scheduled board meeting that he is recommending the local tax rate not change and shared the rationale on his suggestion.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Concerns loom regarding graduation requirements

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard the concern of a Shelby County High School student’s father, John Masters, during their public comments portion of their meeting Thursday regarding the district’s new standards for college and career readiness for the 2015-16 school year.

    “They have to pass the ACT (American College Testing) test for college and career readiness, that’s a requirement from KDE [the Kentucky Department of Education]. My concern is the ACT test was not designed for that purpose.”

  • Bill could prolong summer break

    As the doors to schools reopen, gates to theme parks across the nation generally close.  Summer break is discouraging for some kids but it can be a major financial burden for many businesses that depend on the revenue of summer vacationers and the employment of students.

    A bill headed to the senate looks to rectify that by extending summer break.

    Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, said she sees a decline in tourism once schools reopen.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Three lanes could extend to Rocket Lane

    If you often find yourself inconvenienced by traffic along U.S. 60 at Shelby County High School, you may be glad to hear that a solution is in the works.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will consider allowing the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to purchase a small portion of their property and grant a temporary construction easement at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting at Shelby County High School, 1701 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville. The property is part of the state’s planned expansion for the road.

  • Grant helps JHS curb violence

    With an objective of curbing bullying and dating violence in Shelby County, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville will use nearly $290,000 in grant funds to support the Green Dot and Safe Dates programs, which are aimed at reducing the number of students who are threatened, attacked or hurt.

    These programs will provide education to students in the community on bullying, as well as the knowledge to identify aggressive acts and skills to reduce the number of incidents.

  • District prepares to go digital

    Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley presented to the board of education Thursday an update regarding the details for the distribution of 2,000 Chromebooks to all ninth through twelfth grade students in the district.

    Oakley said they are anticipating deploying the devices around the beginning of October.

    In the meantime, he said, the district is getting everything in order to ensure the devices are ready for student use.

    Preparing them for distribution –cataloging, coding, and imaging every device– will take around two weeks.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Drug testing program to include eighth graders

    The Shelby County Board of Education has elected to include eighth graders in the district’s pilot program for the athletic drug testing.

    Director of Student Services Dave Weedman shared with the board during Thursday’s regular meeting the details of the drug-testing program that the district’s plans to pilot for the 2015-16 school year and board members were displeased that the younger students were omitted from the eight-page draft.

  • An excited return

    With warm sunshine and hardly a cloud in the sky, Wednesday was a picturesque day for children to return to school.  And with bright smiles and warm hugs the attitudes of students and faculty members appeared just as ideal as the weather.

    Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the positive energy was evident.

    “Just the enthusiasm across the district almost feels different this year,” he said, noting the beautiful weather may have been a factor.

  • Swim schedule sinks coach

    After a summer of heated negotiations proved futile, the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. system settled on a swim practice schedule that has left some up in arms and two high school swim teams without a coach.

    J.P. LaVertu has reluctantly resigned from the position as swim coach for both Shelby County and Collins high schools.

    “Due to some scheduling conflicts with his work schedule it basically made it impossible for him to do morning practices,” said Collins Athletics Director Randy Fawns.