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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: Newest MAP test scores will evaluate summer program

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear a report on the district’s first round of MAP testing during its regular meeting on Thursday.

    The session will be at 7 p.m. in the district’s offices at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    The Measures of Academic Progress tests are given three times each year – once each in the fall, winter and spring ­­– to gauge progress. The fall tests can be used to judge a student’s progress from one year to the next and set the baseline for growth in the same school year.

  • Shelby County School Board issues bonds, starts Southside

    The Shelby County Board of Education took the next steps for both its ongoing building projects during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    The board heard updates from the architects on the new Southside Elementary School and the Northside Early Childhood Center and approved the bond issue to get the Northside project started.

    K. Norman Berry & Associates’ Harry Dumesnil reported to the board that the contracts are in the works with BCD, Inc., the general contractor the board approved at the Sept. 27 meeting.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board will introduce new student reps

    The Shelby County Board of Education will welcome the new student board representatives at Thursday’s meeting at the board offices, which are at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Lauren Greenwell will represent Collins, and Justin Stewart will represent Shelby County. Both are seniors.

  • Shelby County School Board: Part of Collins school project closed; Northside bid accepted

    The Shelby County Board of Education closed one building project and opened another during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    The board closed out a series of purchase orders on the Collins High School building project to complete the majority of that project. The direct purchase orders were used to save the district more than $800,000 by using its tax-exempt status.

  • Cornerstone’s ACT scores beat nation’s

    Cornerstone Christian Academy again is leading the way with ACT scores higher than the county, state and national averages.

    Cornerstone, a private school, located at 3850 Frankfort Road, reported a composite score of 23.1. Although down from last year’s 25, the score still outpaces the county’s public school average of 18.8, the state average of 19.8 and the national average of 21.1

  • Shelby County schools, agencies join hands for new mentoring program

    Shawn Allen Sr. had a dream: academic success for African-American young people.

    As parent of several students in Shelby County Public Schools, Allen has become familiar with the strengths and opportunities available to help students succeed. His own children have benefitted from creative teaching methods and extra-curricular activities in local schools.

    But Allen’s dream reached beyond championing benefits for his children alone. He said he wanted to close the achievement gap and to increase academic successes for Black students.

  • Shelby County School Board: Final 2012-13 budget to be reviewed

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take a look at the present, past and future at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street.

    The board will look to approve the district’s working budget after setting the tax rate for the 2012-13 fiscal year at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate and personal property tax, a 2.6 percent increase.

  • Shelby County School Board to study athletes' grade requirements for eligibility

    Concerns about grades of high school student athletes has prompted the formation of a committee to study the issue.

    When the topic was raised at the meeting of the Shelby County School Board on Thursday night, board member Brenda Jackson said she was concerned that student athletes are allowed to participate in sports as long as they have a “D” average.

    “I question letting athletes play with a ‘D’ as a passing grade,” she said.

  • Arrest raises question of whether spanking is still OK

    An arrest in August of a Shelbyville man who spanked his 5-year-old son, a student at Painted Stone Elementary School, and left bruises on him, has raised the question about when spanking is appropriate discipline and when it is criminal.

  • Tech school changes all about efficiencies

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday to place all the technical centers under the same Department of Education umbrella as the career and technical programs within high schools, many wondered how the move would affect the Shelby County Area Technology Center on Rocket Lane.

    In short, it likely won’t change a thing.