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Education

  • Institute challenges teachers to rethink

     

    This week, educators from six districts in the state attended a Thinking Strategies Institute hosted by Shelby County Public Schools.

    Approximately 70 teachers and administrators from Shelby, Franklin, Tremble, Henry, Spencer and Gallatin counties spent four days learning about thinking strategies, visiting lab classes in Shelby County that are currently implementing thinking strategy skills, and putting their knowledge into action.

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.

  • District hires new Director of Finance

    Shelby County Public Schools has hired a new Director of Finance to fill the position left vacant when Greg Murphy stepped down from the position last month in the wake of a former employee being charged with embezzling almost $600,000.

    Susan Barkley, currently employed with the Kentucky Department of Education, will fill the position starting on Dec. 1.

    Murphy, who stepped down from the position on October 29, is still employed with the district.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Schools continue Leader in Me training

    Mike Clark, director of student services for Shelby County Public Schools, will present an update on the third strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan, Healthy and Responsible Students, when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Clark will discuss the progress schools across the district have made concerning the implementation of the Leader in Me initiative with students, which follows the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

  • SCPS finance director steps down

     

    Last Wednesday, seven months after the district discovered fraudulent activity within their finance department, the district’s Director of Finance Greg Murphy stepped down from his position.

    Though he relinquished his position, Murphy currently remains with the district, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said.

    “He is no longer the director of finance,” Niehof said. “He is still employed by the district at this point.”

  • Shelby County School Board – Redrawing of voting boundaries still a no-go

    The Shelby County Board of Education has once again postponed their decision to alter their voting district geographic boundaries.

    During the public input portion of Thursday’s board meeting, school board candidate Austin Redmon spoke out against the two proposed voting district boundary maps.

    Redmon strongly voiced his opinion of the proposals, explaining that both suggested maps could directly impede candidate Richard Baltzell’s opportunity to serve if he is elected to the board.

  • New social studies standards please district

    The new social studies standards were released to the Kentucky Board of Education earlier this month for feedback and are under public review and already teachers and administrators across the state are expressing their aversion for the standards, expressing they lack substance. The standards, after review and any changes, will eventually become part Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards and be built into the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress, or K-PREP, tests.

  • Shelby County School Board – Open house to precede Board of Ed meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southside Elementary School, 728 Ginkgo Street in Shelbyville.  Prior to the meeting, Southside Elementary will be open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a community open house.  This is the first time the building has been open for the community since it was finished late this summer, just before school started.

  • UofL President stops at Shelby, Collins

    Friday morning, University of Louisville President James Ramsey stood before juniors and seniors at both Collins and Shelby County high schools, stressing the importance of continuing education beyond high school.

    “We live in a changing, international, global economy and education is more important than ever,” Ramsey said.

    Each fall, Ramsey, along with other UofL representatives, visits between 10 and 20 schools around the area. And while he has been to SCHS in the past, Friday was his first visit to Collins.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – State auditors to meet with board

    Thursday’s school board meeting opened up with a report from Shelby County Public School’s Superintendent James Neihof.

    Neihof updated the board members on several happenings within the district, including the recent release of the State Auditor’s Examination, which was initiated per request of the district following the suspected fraud within the finance department.