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Education

  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: New school projects, college readiness up for discussion

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get the school year started with a busy agenda at Thursday’s meeting.

    The board will hear several reports, including an update on both the Northside and Southside new school projects.

    The board approved the submission of the Northside Early Childhood Center construction documents to the Kentucky Department of Education at its meeting July 26 but requested seeing a the exterior design again.

  • Shelby County schools fired up and ready to go

    Collins and Shelby County high school principals John Leeper and Eddie Oakley, respectively, got the district’s teachers fired up in the Collins gym Tuesday morning with a roller-coaster competition.

    Each principal led a side of the gym in roller-coaster-like movements, complete with cheers and screams, all getting them prepared for the opening day today, which will likely be filled with plenty of cheers and screams from students.

  • New school year to bring a few changes

    As students try to stuff in late nights, parties and few more trips to the pool during the final five days of summer vacation, the Shelby County Public Schools employees are hard at work getting everything ready for teachers to report on Tuesday and students on Wednesday.