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Education

  • 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.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Diversity of leadership surpasses state, nation

    With five vacant principal positions to fill — including at least one at each of the elementary, middle and high school levels — Shelby County Public Schools officials say they hope to add some diversity to those ranks.

    And although Shelby County is at or better than the state averages for minority personnel in positions that work with students, it still lags the diversity of its student population.

    However, finding and hiring minority candidates is much easier said than done for school districts in Shelby County, Kentucky and the nation.

  • SCHS program joins Collins with national certification

    The Shelby County High School’s Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences program received national certification this week.

    The program, which started at SCHS in 2010, offers courses in biomedical sciences, human body systems, medical intervention and biomedical innovation.

    Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization, which provides science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs along with a rigorous curriculum.

  • Shelby County School board: Student tells board about time as McConnell’s page

    The Shelby County Board of Education was treated to an unusual presentation at Thursday’s meeting.

    Along with hearing from teachers and administration on instructional work and opportunities, the board members also heard a presentation from Shawn Allen Jr., a junior at Shelby County High School, about his time as a page for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

  • SCPS losing 2 more principals: Downs, Rucker stepping down

    Shelby County Public Schools is going to have a lot of hiring to do this summer.

    Karen Downs and Steven Rucker, principals of Clear Creek and Heritage elementary schools, respectively, have told administrators they will not return next year.

    Adding them to the three principals — Collins High School’s Anthony Hatchell, East Middle’s Christine Powell and Wright Elementary’s Lynn Gottbrath — who announced their retirements earlier this year, it means the district will be searching for new principals at five of its nine schools.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board goals, summer school back on schools agenda

    The Shelby County School Board will meet Thursday and put in place its board goals that were discussed during the March 22 meeting.

    The goals, which will rely heavily on the results from the state’s new testing system, which includes end-of-course assessments, were set using the district Five Main Things — Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning, Intervention and Enrichment — and outline how the board can help the administration through accountability and commitment.

  • A family tradition of ACT perfection

    After John Fish handed in his ACT test in February, he said he didn’t feel that great about his work.

    “I didn’t think it was my best test day when I took it,” he said.

    His father, Tim Fish, said his youngest son had been sick for a few days.

    “We were already making plans on the ride how home about how he could take it again,” Tim Fish said.

    But, as it turns out, John Fish, a junior at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, did OK.

  • Federal funding could be in danger for Job Corps

    Funding for some Job Corps centers across the nation – including the Whitney M. Young center in Simpsonville – could be cut if a recent speech by the secretary of labor is any indication.
     

    In a March 21 speech to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said that the 2013 federal budget proposes reforms to improve the Job Corps program, but she added that while most centers meet program standards, some have been consistently low performing for years.

  • School board chooses June 2 and June 4

    Despite making the decision to extend the school calendar to Monday, June 4, to make up a day missed due to snow, the district has now decided to keep the June 2 graduation…sort of.

    In an announcement Tuesday morning, the district said it will have commencement ceremonies for both Shelby County and Collins high schools on Saturday, June 2.

  • Graduation will remain June 2, school will end June 4

    Shelby County Public Schools has found a way to please just about everybody.

    After several people were up in arms about moving graduation and having to attend school on Monday, June 4, the district has found a way to keep that early graduation date.