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Education

  • District sees KPREP scores continue to rise

    Shelby County Public School officials have quietly been walking around with big smiles this week as the district learned on Wednesday that it’s annual state test scores increased again.

    For the second year in a row, district saw improvement in its Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KREP) scores.

  • District to broaden career strands

    After a long, and sometimes heated debate, the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday approved 3-2 the funding of a new arts center for the district, although with some strings still attached.

    The board approved a recommendation to join the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative in the building of a city center, which will provide art courses to students before and after school, as well as private lessons, at a maximum of $3.5 million.

  • Leading the way into engineering course

     

    Students at West Middle School are already getting a taste of engineering experience, thanks to a robotics course being provided to sixth and seventh graders at the school.

    In the library at West Middle School Thursday evening, the Shelby County Public School’s Board of Education heard presentations from Carson Jorgenson and Abigail VanDeVelde.  The sixth-graders at the school presented two projects they had created in the robotics course this year, a program funded by a Project Lead The Way grant.

  • Students udderly enjoy milk day

    Getting children excited about nutrition isn’t always easy.  But yesterday morning, the faces at Heritage Elementary School were covered in milk mustache smiles as Kathy Belcher with Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) explained the nutritional value of milk.

    “I’m here to teach students about the importance of school milk in the students’ diets,” Belcher said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD–Expansion plans to get a vote

    The Shelby County Board of Education will have two big expansion projects on the table when it meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Middle School. 

    This week’s agenda calls for a vote to conclude two discussions that were started during the board’s previous meeting earlier this month.

  • School district looking at new ways to grow

    While there has not yet been an official vote, the Shelby County Public School’s Board of Education seems to be one step closer to a commitment of opening a public art center.

    The subject was first discussed more than two years ago when various organizations throughout the county began expressing their desires for a venue to be used for meeting space, private classes and various other arts programs.

  • District to WiFi enable 4 buses

    A few years ago a student could complete a bit of homework on their bus ride home or maybe while on a long team trip, but as the Shelby County Public Schools district has expanded its use of digital devices, completing homework on the school bus has become nearly impossible for many. 

    But that soon could be considered a thing of the past, as the district is looking to equip several school buses with WiFi access.

  • Encore for arts center discussion

    Two years after the project was first discussed with the community, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said he wants the board to make a decision in regards to a proposed arts center to be located at the 800 block of Washington and Main streets in Shelbyville.

    “We’ve been contemplating for some time, as a community, creating an arts center downtown. The school component of that would be arts education,” Neihof said.

  • Shelby County school board: Vote expected for no tax increase

    The Shelby County Public Schools tax rates for the 2014-2015 school year will be established this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Collins High School during the Shelby County Board of Education meeting. 

    But there doesn’t appear to be any surprises coming.

    Superintendent James Neihof has said he will recommend no change in the tax rate, with it remaining at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    If approved, this would be the second year in a row the board left tax rates unchanged.

  • A common complaint

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced Monday morning that the department of education is seeking feedback in regards to the state’s Common Core standards.

    Holliday explained that the words “common core” have become a politically divisive term.  Education standards should not be a political issue, he said.