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Education

  • Diploma program showing results

    Shelby County Board of Education meetings are rarely as crowded and as uplifting as Thursday’s edition.

    The boardroom at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville, was packed with smiling faces despite the looming budget discussion that was on the agenda.

    But before the board and administration could get knee deep in figures they were presented with an early graduation candidate, one that has shown as much or more perseverance than those that will line up at Shelby County and Collins high schools this coming weekend.

  • SCHS students net nearly $1 million

    Mired in state testing and final exams, Shelby County High School students and their families were able to take some time to celebrate on Wednesday.

    SCHS students reported 28 scholarships, totaling nearly $1 million, and more are expected to be divulged in the final week of school.

    About 75 students filled the front of the SCHS Theater and took turns being recognized for their hard work and preparation for the next stage of their lives.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget plan: 2012-13 balanced but very tight

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take its first look and vote on the tentative 2012-13 budget during a meeting Thursday, and the news from the federal and state governments only has gotten worse since January, when members first saw a draft of this plan.

    The budget is proposed to be $58.8 million plan, about 5 percent less than the 2010-11 actual expenses, and that’s despite Shelby County being a growth district.

  • East Middle names Martin new principal

    East Middle School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has named Rebecca Martin as the school’s new principal.

    The district made the announcement in a press release on Thursday.

    Martin, an instructional coach with Shelby County Public Schools, has 20-years of experience in education, including being in Shelby County since 2002, when she started as a fourth-grade teacher at Painted Stone.

  • Shelby County School Board: Land acquisitions allow district to complete sites

    The Shelby County Board of Education wrapped up a short meeting Thursday after approving the ability to purchase of three parcels of land and the gift of another parcel.

    The purchased property consisted of two areas that will encompass part of the new access road to the Southside project and another parcel at 208 8th Street to finish the acquisition of land for the Early Childhood Center at the former Northside Elementary School.

  • A primer on the new state testing in schools

    Kentucky is moving into a new standard of statewide testing this spring as part of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards in Feb. 2010.

    These new standards, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, are more rigorous and better aligned with the skills needed in the modern workplace.

    The English/language arts and mathematics standards were the first outlined and were taught this year.

  • Wright Elementary gets new principal

    Wright Elementary School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has named Bethany Groves the new principal for the school, the school district announced.

    Groves has five years of experience in administration, most recently in Jacksonville, Fla., at Hickory Creek Elementary.

    A 1982 graduate of Shelby County High School, Groves has degrees from Ohio University and Northern Kentucky University and her Phase 1 doctoral work from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS to invest in new entrance to Southside

    Land acquisition and the Talented and Gifted programs will be the main topics when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at East Middle School at 7 p.m.

    The board will recognize students that have met qualifications for the Duke University Talent Identification Program and hear a presentation from the Shelby County High School Talented and Gifted students.

    The board will also take action on acquiring several parcels of land for the access road to Southside Elementary.

  • Collins High School an energy star

    Collins High School has joined the ranks of Kentucky’s Energy Star-rated schools, which was noted by a brief presentation on Thursday morning in Collins’ Project Lead the Way engineering classroom.

    Shelby County Energy Manager Sherman Adams presented the framed certification to Principal Anthony Hatchell, and Jeff Riggs, an engineer with Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, and Mike Smith, from architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart, both spoke about the project.

  • Barnett named Shelby's top teacher

    After honoring the 11 nominees for Shelby County's 2012 WHAS ExCel Teacher of the Year Thursday, the school district showed a short video with students from the winner's class stating why that teacher is at the top.

    When the film began and Simpsonville fifth-grade teacher Sloane Barnett noticed it included students from her classroom, you could see the surprise on her face. And as it all started to wash over her, a little fist-pump and yes slipped out before she came forward to receive the bouquet of flowers and hear the applause from the crowd at Claudia Sanders.