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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.

  • Total eclipse of the heartland

    Generally when the atmosphere grows cold and dark, it sets the scene for an ominous and unpleasant occasion. However, in just ten days, many will stop in awe to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astrological phenomenon that will do just that.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An emotional return

    “I’m a very emotional mom this morning,” said Ginny Sullivan as she dropped off her daughter Karsyn for her first day of elementary school at Painted Stone. 

    As many parents know, the first day of school is always a difficult one, no matter the age.  For children, it’s a day of a new start: new class, new teacher, new friends, new experiences.

  • Teachers return

    Though students didn’t start piling into the buildings until this morning, Shelby County High School’s gym was packed wall-to-wall yesterday morning with teachers, administrators and district employees to kick off the first day of the school year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - District ACT average climbs above 20

     District officials gave themselves a well-deserved pat on the back Thursday as they shared the class of 2018’s composite ACT score.

  • 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.

  • Adult Ed launches Skills U

    Shelby County Adult Education announced last week a new brand and logo for their free instructional programming.