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Education

  • 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.

  • Shelby women in eye of the Republican storm

    If you have been following the coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa and wondering if anyone from Shelby County was there to watch the nomination of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for president and vice-president, rest easy that a couple of their neighbors were in the swing of things, even when the threat of a hurricane was looming on the horizon.

  • Shelby County School Board: Vote change leads to tax increase

    In a first-it-failed-but-then-it-passed vote that occurred after one board member’s comments persuaded another to change her vote, the Shelby County Board of Education voted to raise the real estate and personal property by 2.6 percent.

    After about a dozen people spoke at Thursday’s meeting – all but one against the increase – the board voted down the 1.8-cent increase, 3-2. Brenda Jackson, Allen Phillips and chair Eddie Mathis voted against, and Doug Butler and Sam Hinkle voted in favor.

  • Shelby County schools answer surprising growth by hiring more teachers

    Because of enrollment much greater than predicted, Shelby County Public Schools is adding new teachers.

    The biggest need has come at the elementary level, where Painted Stone, Heritage and Wright each have added one full-time teacher. The schools’ Site-based Decision Making Councils have the charge of deciding where that teacher is most needed.

    Adding those teachers also has required that the schools reorganize some classes.

  • Shelby County School Board: Neihof will ask board for 2.8 percent tax increase

    The property tax rate will be the primary subject during Thursday’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting.

    During its meeting earlier this month, Superintendent James Neihof presented the board with several key concepts that he said he would like to fund or keep funding, all of which would require new revenue streams for the district.

    Now, when the board convenes tomorrow night at 7 at Collins High School, members will decide which programs, if any, for which they would like to find funding and if that funding will come from a tax increase.

  • School district’s graduation rates stay flat

    Shelby County Public Schools graduation rate, basically the same from 2010, remains about 4 percent better than the state’s average.

    Kentucky’s Department of Education released the state’s Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) on Aug. 8, and the state’s public schools in 2010-11 graduated 78 percent of those students, up from 76.7 in 2009-10.

  • Superintendent lays out ideas with tax levy in mind

    The Shelby County Board of Education will takes its annual look at the board’s tax rate at its meeting Aug. 23, which will be held at Collins High School at 7 p.m., but before board members do that Superintendent James Neihof wanted to give them something to think about.