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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: District-wide accreditation to be pursued

    The Shelby County School Board heard on Thursday a report from Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley and district Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French on the AdvancED Accreditation program, which the district is planning to follow.

    SCHS is the only accredited school in the district, earning the distinction in 2008-09 school year, Oakley’s first as principal.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside funding approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education and Finance Corporation approved during its meeting Thursday the funding for the new Southside Elementary School.

    Because school districts are not allowed to carry debt for more than one year, the board’s Finance Corporation must issue the bonds, with a 1-year lease agreement, for the exact amount of the annual bond payment, and the lease agreement automatically rolls over each year.

  • Shelby County School Board: Sams excited for first meeting

    When the Shelby County Board of Education meets tomorrow at the district’s offices, new member Karen Sams said she will be ready to get involved quickly.

     “I’m excited, and really looking forward to receiving a budget,” she said. “I’ve already taken some training through the KSBA’s [the Kentucky School Boards Association] online leadership institute. It was very good for first-time board members, and there’s already another training session set up in February.”

  • School district is dark in shutdown

    If Shelby County Public Schools buildings look even darker than usual this week, it’s because they are.

    For the first time, the district has instituted a furlough week for administrators during the holiday break. This cost-saving measure that allows the district to save on administration salaries and on utility bills at the schools by dropping the energy consumption to the lowest levels possible.

  • Louisville company hired to build Southside Elementary

    The Shelby County School Board Thursday voted night to award the construction project for Southside Elementary School to a Louisville company with which the board has worked on previous projects.

  • Economics lesson turns into community outreach

    The fourth-grade teachers at Heritage Elementary School wanted to put together a program to teach their students about economics.

    So teachers Sarah Beth Gomelsky, Kristen Hart and Devon Scrogham put together a unit where the students purchase raw materials, create an item and then sell those items on the “open market” at school.

    The students created bracelets and necklaces out of yarn and beads out of beeswax, and sold them to the student body for one week before school.

  • Shelby County School Board: District will say farewell to Hinkle

    The Shelby County Board of Education will celebrate one of its own at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the board office, 1155 Main Street, the board’s final meeting of the 2012 calendar year.

    Superintendent James Neihof and former superintendents Leon Mooneyhan and Elaine Farris will recognize board member Sam Hinkle for his 12 years of service on the board. Hinkle lost his seat representing District 2 to Karen Sams in the November election.

    And that won’t be the only celebrating at the board meeting.

  • Teachers want to send deaf student on DC trip

    Since West Middle teacher Kelland Garland started the Presidential Leadership Program in 2009, he has been on the lookout for students to invite into the program.

    Although some cannot attend because of conflicting schedules, Garland doesn’t let that stop him from inviting those students on the group’s trip to Washington D.C., during spring break.

  • Southside, other low-scoring schools working to improve

    About one month removed from the state’s announced scores in the first year of Kentucky new assessment system, districts and individual schools are beginning to understand their scores more clearly.

    Shelby County’s overall district score was a little better than the middle of the pack statewide, falling in the 56th percentile and four schools earned proficient classifications, ranking in the 70th percentile or above in the state.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS gets clean audit

    Shelby County Public Schools received another nearly perfect audit, earning the best opinion possible from the independent auditors at Mather & Company, CPA.

    “There were no significant deficiencies in the accounting practices,” Brandon Hardy told the board. “There are three different opinions we can offer, and Shelby County earned an unqualified opinion. That may not sound like the best, but it is. It is a clean audit.”