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Education

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Budget first look shows deficit

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first peek at the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and learned that starting with a deficiency could be likely.

    District Director of Finance Susan Barkley presented to the board the draft budget for Fiscal Year 18 (the 2017-18 school year), the first step in the budgeting process, and said they anticipate about $250,000 more in expenditures than in revenues at this point.

  • Lockdown prompts procedural changes

    After a request from police, several Shelby County schools were placed on lockdown last week following reports of shots fired in the area of Rocket Lane – where Shelby County High, the Area Technology Center, JCTC, Wright Elementary and East Middle schools are located.

    And while no shots were fired on school grounds and the incident was cleared in less than one hour, the precautionary lockdown while police searched for the suspects left many questions from parents and guardians of students at the schools.

  • How did SnoGo go?

    With the district’s first two non-traditional instructional, SnoGo, days in the rear view mirror, it’s apparent the model was not the picture of perfection.

    The district announced earlier this year that on the first snow day that would normally close school buildings, students would participate in SnoGo, instead.  By completing assignments from home on these days, students would avoid making up the day later in the summer.

    After months of planning and preparation, the first SnoGo day finally arrived Thursday, and followed on Friday.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to consider facility plan recommendations

    The Shelby County Board of Education will continue its conversation regarding future facility plans Thursday.

    The board will convene at 6:30 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street and consider approval of the recommendation from the Local Planning Committee on 2017 amended District Facility Plan.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to review progress toward goals

    On Thursday the board will hear an update on the on the 2016-2017 board goals, which were set last April. 

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to hold work session with budget committee

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday for its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at Clear Creek Elementary School, 279 Chapel Hill Road and will discuss spending for the upcoming budgeting period. During the meeting, the board will hold a work session with the budget committee and Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the committee will share its recommendation for next year’s budget with the board.

    Those recommendations, based on the board’s decision, will be reflected in the tentative budget presented to the board in May.

  • Heritage’s Lyles named Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County Public Schools announced Heritage Elementary School’s Julia Lyles as the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.

    Surrounded by friends, colleagues and family members, the third grade teacher was recognized Thursday evening at a ceremony honoring each school’s selected teacher of the year, following a brief video in their honor.

    Lyles said she was honored to receive the recognition.

  • BPLA building connections

    Seated at nearly a dozen tables at the Blair Center last week, public officials and business representatives from across Shelby County joined together with students from Shelby County Public Schools’ Big Picture Learning Academy for an informational luncheon on their potential collaboration.

    Lisa Rogers with Shelter Insurance, who hosted a Big Picture student intern during the program’s first phase, shared with attendees her experience and encouraged others to jump on board.

  • Blanketing the community

    Warming bodies, warming hearts: That’s the tagline for Blanket Louisville, the non-profit organization that Kathy Fehder and her husband, Steve, started 13 years ago. 

    And when Fehder jumped on board as principal of Corpus Christi in June she brought with her that warming hearts attitude that quickly radiated through the halls of the small, independent school in Simpsonville.

  • Collins students look to patent software


    Though not yet even in college, Collins VEX Robotics teammates Matthew Munsterman and Chris Embry are preparing to make an accolade in the robotics industry that even some lifelong engineers can’t claim.

    “Nobody has done this before,” Embry said of his teammate’s coding work. “So when he [Munsterman] works on stuff and explains it to me, literally nobody else in the world knows what this is, which is a pretty cool feeling.”