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Education

  • Avoiding the summer brain drain

     

    The last bell has rung and school has officially closed for summer, but that doesn’t mean our kids’ brains should take a vacation, too. 

    In fact, as our children’s days are now filled with bike rides and pool parties, experts note that it’s important to keep their minds just as active as their bodies.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Balanced Tentative Budget approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education quietly approved the 2016-17 Tentative Budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    This is the second step in the budgeting process and included the budget committee recommendations the board approved in April.  Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance said the Tentative Budget includes more information than Draft Budget, which was first received in January, and offered no major surprises.

  • A different path to graduation

    Just days before Shelby County and Collins high schools hosted graduation ceremonies, one student in the district proudly adorned himself in a navy blue cap and gown and held his head high as marched through a small crowd to receive his high school diploma.

    The small piece of paper arrived a little later than 19-year-old Skyler Woods would have liked but he said it’s an honor he is grateful to finally receive.

  • Achieving perfection

    When 229 seniors take the stage for graduation at Collins High School Saturday morning, there’s one student you can bet won’t be absent.

    It’s an extremely rare feat, but with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of drive, Anthony “Tony” Nichols has achieved perfect attendance, having never missed a single day of school since he started kindergarten 13 years ago.

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said Nichols should be a role model.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Students to share garden project

    Knowledge is blooming at Clear Creek Elementary thanks to the efforts of second grade teacher Dan Edelen. Focusing on persuasive writing, earlier this school year Edelen’s students wrote letters to Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations, and Jon Swindler, facilities engineer, sharing why they needed an outdoor garden.

    Edelen said the students followed up with research and obtained more information before their request was approved. 

  • Joseph Ellison announced as new Collins’ Principal

    After more than a year of searching, the Collins High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council has selected Joseph Ellison III to take over as principal on July 1.

    Mike Clark, the former director of student services for the district, served as interim principal for the 2015-16 school year while awaiting their decision.

    Superintendent James Neihof shared his approval of the SBDM Council’s selection.

  • SCHS student recognized for Microsoft certification score

    Shelby County High School student Jacob Turner was a leader among leaders at the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington last month. 

    Out of about 7,000 students from nearly 500 schools across the state Turner was recognized for his outstanding score on a Microsoft Certification test.

  • Graduations set for May 28

    Graduations

     

    WHEN: May 28

    TIME: Collins at 10 a.m.; doors open at 9

    Shelby County at 2 p.m.; doors open at 1:15

    WHERE: Respective school’s gymnasiums

    SENIOR AWARDS NIGHTS: Both at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Collins and Tuesday at SCHS, 6:30

     

    Graduations set for May 28

     

    By Ashley Sutter

     

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board will assist funding efforts for national teams

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday voted in favor of a recommendation to support teams advancing to national competitions through matching funds.

    During the preceding meeting, board member Joanna Freels suggested to the board supplementing the necessary funds for the five Odyssey of the Mind teams headed to the World’s Finals later this month.

    After brief discussion, the board suggested establishing a fund to aid all organizations that qualify for national competitions.

  • Court clears former Collins substitute

    Bryan Schildknecht, the substitute teacher that was involved in an altercation with a Collins High School student last October, has legally been cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.

    Shelby County Public Schools relieved Schildknecht from his duties at the school on October 8, 2015, immediately following a scuffle between him and the student but offered little comment on the matter, stating only that he would no longer work in the district.