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Education

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Preliminary tax talk

    No tax rate action has been taken as of yet, but on Thursday Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance, presented the certified property assessment report for the 2017-2018 school year and said she had good news.

    “After receiving the certified assessment information, I’m happy to say that the amounts included in the tentative budget were within two percent of what we are now calculating based on the certified assessments,” she said, noting that gave the district an increase of about $478,000 of what was included in the tentative budget.

  • Preschool or nurturing at home

    A child’s brain is like a dry sponge, ready to absorb.  Put any lesson in front of a preschooler and they will soak it up.

    Not taking advantage of this period in their life would be a tragic waste.  But even worse, it may cause them to start kindergarten behind their peers.

    Clear Creek Elementary Principal Kim Willhoite said her biggest piece of advice to parents of preschool-aged children is to put their child in some sort of structured preschool program.

  • District unveils Profile of a Graduate

    Four years ago Shelby County Public Schools rolled out its measurement of success called the Strategic Leadership Plan.  The 4-year plan measured the district’s work toward achieving goals in five areas: Globally Effective Students, 21st Century Professionals, Healthy and Responsible Students, Leadership Innovation and 21st Century Support Systems.

    During its implementation, much of the district’s work was centered on the SLP.

    So with that plan wrapping up, the district got to work in November comprising a new system.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to review new leadership plan

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education will review the plan that is set to replace the retired Strategic Leadership Plan.

    Dubbed A Profile of a Graduate, the plan lays the foundation of what characteristics community members feel a graduate of SCPS should embody.

  • A new role in an old school

     As we edge closer to the final days of summer break, students are preparing to step out of the routine-free summer days and slink back into the nights of homework followed by early bedtime schedules.

    For some the dreaded routine is natural, but for others, the transition will take some time to adjust, and not just for the preschool or new kindergarteners.

  • SHELBY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - Board reviews transportation report

    On Thursday, members of the Shelby County Board of Education were treated to what they called a shining example of what can be accomplished through leadership, collaboration, social responsibility and project-based learning.

    Student Alivia Louden, a rising sixth grader at East Middle School, presented to the board her public service announcement aimed at raising awareness of the importance of obeying school bus stops.

    Louden’s presentation accompanied a transportation report from Michael Clark, the district’s director of student services.

  • FCCLA dominates at nationals

    Nashville didn’t know what hit it last week as three Collins High School teams brought home medals from the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

    Collins Family, Career and Community Leaders of America head advisor Leslie Hulsey took two teams and Erica Roberts led the culinary team.

    All three teams ended the five-day conference on a positive note, with the two FCCLA teams earning gold medals and the culinary team silver.

    Hulsey said she couldn’t be more proud of her teams.

  • SHELBY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - Board to hear transportation report

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday the board will hear a transportation information report from Mike Clark, the district’s director of student services. 

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the report will provide a breakdown of the number of drivers the district has and their training, as well as their safety record.  The report will also provide details regarding the number of routes, shuttles and busses for each school, the bus fleet, fuel usage and mileage.

  • SHELBY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION - Innovative programs growing, show promise

    With only one meeting on the schedule for the month of June, the Shelby County Board of Education had a full load on its agenda Thursday.

    Among the several topics of discussion was a presentation regarding the district's innovative programs and their direction for the upcoming school year.

  • SCHS student earns congressional medals

    Amidst the numerous awards, scholarships and recognitions presented to seniors at Shelby County High School Tuesday evening, one student’s star shined bright.

    Madalin Roachnot only joined the ranks of the Distinguished Young Women and a member of the KHSAA Academic All-State, but she wowed the crowed as presenters announced that she had earned a prestigious Congressional Medal.