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Education

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Voting districts up for approval

    After more than a year since the matter first re-emerged, the Shelby County Board of Education is finally expected to reach a decision regarding the redistricting of the voting boundaries when the board meets for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Office.

    Last July the board could not reach a consensus on redistricting and elected to table the matter for a future meeting. The issue resurfaced at three additional meetings and a working session to no avail; the board voted in November to defer a decision until after the General Election.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board caps student supply spending

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday took another reluctant look at what it is asking parents and teacher to spend for children to attend school.

    Last month board members voted in approval of presented student fees, with some slight hesitance.

    Several board members noted that asking parents to pay student fees on top of the already climbing cost of supplies could be putting a financial burden on many.

  • District staffing changes match strategic plan

    While students are enjoying summer break, Shelby County Public Schools is doing a little spring-cleaning.

    And when SCPS high school students return to school this fall, it seems they all will be greeted by a new principal, as Collins Principal John Leeper has made his decision to transition to district administration and SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley announced his retirement, or so it seemed, earlier this year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discuss school supply lists

    Student costs and fees will again be a big part of the Board of Education’s discussion when it reconvenes Thursday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the matter of school supplies will be raised during the superintendent’s report and he expects the board to discuss the issue and possibly take action on resolving some concerns with them.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student fees, classroom supplies an area of concern

    The divisive topic of student fees and supplies came to the forefront Thursday in the Shelby County Board of Education meeting, as board members debated possible solutions to ease the financial burden placed on parents, while simultaneously considering the classroom needs of teachers.

    “I feel sorry for the parents that are having to pay a ton of money, plus buy all this other stuff,” said board member Joanna Freels, a retired school teacher.

  • Board approves $1 million for unmet needs

    Despite a nearly hour-long debate on the topic, the Shelby County Board of Education ultimately voted in favor of approving the district’s unmet needs, which included a list of priorities that totaled just more than $1 million.

    Susan Barkley, Director of Finance, said the funding for the priorities would come from the district’s unassigned fund balance in the General Fund.

  • Shipley says goodbye to Painted Stone

    Six years after taking the helm at Painted Stone Elementary School, principal Michelle Shipley is leaving to take an administrative position with Shelby County Public Schools’ district office.

    District Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the district has received some applications for the principal vacancy but interviews have not yet begun. Shipley will remain at the school until the new principal has fully transitioned.

    But in her new role, Shipley will be starting from scratch as the newly formed Student Programs Coordinator.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL Student fees up for approval

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review student fees for the 2015-16 school year at Thursday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The fees cover the costs of extra items for some classes and other items that are not required for students, such as overnight trips, parking passes, athletic passes and classroom materials for optional classes, as well as some required courses.

    Last fall, when the district posted student fees on its website, it created a maximum of $100 for a student.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student recognized for Mensa acceptance

    To kick off their meeting Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education recognized an exceptional middle school student for an outstanding accomplishment.

    Superintendent James Neihof honored West Middle School sixth-grader Treyden Stansfield for his acceptance into Mensa.

    “He was accepted into American Mensa as of April first of this year.  His IQ score from the InView Cognitive Abilities Test places him in the top ninety-nine point five percentile in the world. That’s a pretty impressive thing,” Neihof said.

     

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Tentative budget passes without discussion

    Without discussion, the Shelby County Board of Education approved the 2015-16 Tentative Budget Thursday during the regularly scheduled meeting. The budget included some slight changes from the Draft Budget, which was presented to the board in January.

    “I had had many discussions with them [board members] in the weeks leading up to the meeting. Individually, [board members] would call with questions and so fourth, so I guess they just thought they were ready,” SCPS Superintendent James Neihof said.