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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: Compromise OKd in pay scale for subs

    The Shelby County School Board approved on Thursday a 2013-14 pay schedule for substitute teachers that included budget cuts that will save the district more than $143,000.
    However, the decrease in pay is less than what had been proposed in February that would have saved the district $200,000. That initial change was part of a large proposal from the district’s budget committee that included eliminating nearly $2 million and about 26 jobs from the district's budget.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board to revisit, study substitute teacher pay

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review its 2013-14 pay schedule for substitute teachers after a workshop to discuss the plan during Thursday’s regular meeting at the board’s offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville.

  • Neihof receives ‘Excellent’ review

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved and read its 2013 evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof during Thursday’s regular meeting at the board offices at 1155 Main Street.

    Of the nine professional standards used in the review, Neihof’s average grade was “Excellent.” National and state associations developed the standards, and the rating range is Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

  • Shelby County School Board: Districtwide accreditation will be pursued

    Shelby County Public Schools continues to advance in a working toward a district-wide accreditation through the AdvancED process.

    During Thursday’s regular meeting, the school board approved the participation in the process, and Superintendent James Neihof presented the board with a copy of the district’s self assessment, which was sent to AdvancED to begin the process.

    The board first heard of the process during a February meeting at which board chair Doug Butler questioned the process.

  • Shelby County School Board: Superintendent to get annual public review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will present its annual public review of Superintendent James Neihof at Thursday’s regular meeting at the board’s offices, 1155 Main Street Shelbyville.

    This will be Neihof’s fourth review from the board, with the last three all having an average score of Excellent – the state-provided review has a range of Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

    Under state law the board is allowed first to present the review to Neihof in closed session, which it did at a meeting on June 13.

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP scores show students making slow progress

    The good news that school officials relayed at Thursday night’s school board meeting is that MAP scores for spring 2013 show that the majority of students are maintaining or showing improvement in reading and math from last school year.

    The not-so-good news is that improvement is not substantial enough,said Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith, who presented MAP scores to the board for a comparison of scores for the school year, and a look at they differ from last year’s.

  • School board to look at MAP scores

    The final round of MAP testing scores for the past school year will be reviewed by the Shelby County School Board on Thursday night.

    Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith will present the scores to the board, for a spring-to-spring comparison as an indication of how students have progressed in their academic year.

  • Shelby County schools name King, Peake to key posts

    Shelby County Public Schools named two near leaders for the coming school year.

    Brenda King, since 2009 the county’s director of special education, will be the principal of the new Northside Early Childhood Center that  is scheduled to open in January 2014.

    And Ayanna Peake, a native of Louisville with an extensive background in psychology, will served as the Reading and Math Proficiency Coordinator (affectionately known as RAMP).

  • EARLIER: ‘A community treasure’ of Shelby County is retiring

    On Monday, things finally will slow down for Duanne Puckett.

    For the past 44 years she has gotten up and gone to work, first at The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News, where she finished as editor and in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and then for Shelby County Public Schools, where she spent more than a decade as the district’s public relations coordinator, but next week she can sleep in.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student: Some Academy teachers ‘not that great’

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a little more than it may have expected in a report from students in the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

    Six students, ranging from sophomores to juniors and from both high schools, dutifully answered questions about the program posed by Superintendent James Neihof.

    All reported that they enjoyed the program, the rigor and even the zero hour class that begins before other students even arrive in the morning.

    However, one student, Steven Chappo, provided a little more.