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Education

  • Painted Stone students pig out on reading tests

    Teachers and educators go to great lengths to encourage children to read, but the December reading challenge at Painted Stone Elementary came with a unique twist:

    If students read 100 books and passed 100 Accelerated Reader tests, one of their school leaders would kiss a pig. Literally.

    The challenge was the brainchild of Gigi Wheeler, PTO member and Accelerated Reader coordinator for the school.

  • Shelby County School Board: Redistricting plan OKd with 1 change

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday approved an elementary redistricting plan that it had presented to citizens at two previous meetings.

    The only change from the original proposal is that students living on Scott Station Road will remain at Painted Stone Elementary School. There was no discussion of the matter at the board meeting Thursday night before it was approved unanimously.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board may approve redistricting proposal

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday is scheduled to vote on an elementary redistricting plan that it had explained to citizens during two public meetings.

    The district has decided that redistricting, at the elementary level only, is necessary going in to the 2014-15 school year when the new Southside Elementary School opens and can hold another 150 students.

    The redistricting eliminates some overcrowding issues at Painted Stone, Simpsonville and Clear Creek, all of which are between 99.5 percent and 109.8 percent occupancy this year.

  • 82% of Shelby students in college for Year 2

    Shelby County Public Schools is sending students to college at greater rate than the state average, but the district really is excelling in keeping students there.

    According to the Kentucky High School Feedback Report released early this week, Shelby sent 63.3 percent, or 429, of its 2010-11 seniors to college in the 2011-12 school year, compared to 60.2 percent of the state.

  • Different redistricting meeting location, but school board hears similar complaints

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Tuesday got a repeat showing in its second elementary school redistricting forum at Painted Stone.

    Although more people showed to the second forum – about 25 compared to Monday’s 15 – the board heard many of the same questions and concerns on as it had at Monday’s first hearing at Southside.

  • EARLIER: Parents protest elementary school redistricting ‘done deal’

    A small group of fewer than 15 parents showed up Monday at Southside Elementary to express their mostly unhappy views of Shelby County Public Schools’ plans to redistrict its elementary schools.

  • Students will take vocational courses

    Shelby County Public Schools, in its continued push to ensure that students are college or career ready when they graduate, will require all students to take vocational classes early in their high school careers.

    Superintendent James Neihof, in his report Thursday to the Shelby County School Board, outlined this new approach as he discussed the vision administrators had presented to the board about striving for college readiness and the ideas proposed for career readiness.

  • Shelby County School Board: District saving thousands through energy reductions

    Energy Manager Sherman Adams continues to earn his keep through shrewd management of Shelby County Public Schools’ energy needs.

    Adams, in a report to the Shelby County Board of Education at Thursday’s meeting, explained how the district continues to pile on savings through conservation and equipment efficiency upgrades.

  • Shelby County School Board: Classroom technology plan nears completion

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear during its regular meeting Thursday night that the school district’s Intelligent Classroom Initiative nearly is complete.

    Tommy Hurt, the district’s chief information officer, who will give the report at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville, said the plan is to bring all the schools up to a higher level of technology.

  • School redistricting plan hits Southside, Simpsonville heaviest

    The Shelby County Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to a plan that will alter but not drastically shift the balance of elementary school students for the 2014-15 school year to coincide with the opening of the new Southside Elementary School.