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Education

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

    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.

  • New school year starts off smoothly

    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.

    With new “Frozen” or Ninja Turtle shell backpacks in tote, children unloaded from buses and cars, piling into the buildings by the dozens for their first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    At West Middle School, teachers greeted students on their first day with enthusiasm and high spirits.

  • SCPS teachers back on the job

    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.

    And while many people may not be so enthused to return to work, Shelby County Public School’s teachers and staff members gathered in the bleachers, sporting their school’s colors, cheering and waving pom-poms and showing their excitement for the school year to come.

  • New teachers, building highlight 2014-15 school year

    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.

    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.

  • 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.