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Education

  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: District debuts College Readiness Standards

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof debuted the district’s new Steps to College Readiness during Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

    Neihof has had the district personnel, including teachers, working on the steps since last school year and finally presented the finished project to the board.

  • Back to school: Students welcomed and ‘ready to go’

    Shelby County Public Schools had another clean opening day on Wednesday, welcoming both new and returning students.

    A few traffic issues, largely because of long car-rider lines at elementary schools, slowed down the procession of students, but issues were few and far between. There were a lot of tears and smiles from new kindergartners and their parents, but the district was largely incident free.

    New kindergartner Zoie Bradley, who showed up for her first day at Wright Elementary, was smiling broadly but wouldn’t quite commit to being excited.