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Education

  • SCHS locks down and impresses first responders

    As police in Taft, Calif., sort through the details of yet another school shooting on Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools continued its district-wide practice of lock-down protocol.

    Shelby County High School had law enforcement, medical and emergency services out to the school to help conduct a full lock-down drill, and Principal Eddie Oakley and the school’s visitors said they were pleased with what they saw.

  • Massie wants to eliminate gun-free school zones

    Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s opening bill since taking the District 4 seat – to repeal the prohibition on guns on school campuses – has gained some attention but not necessarily support from the leaders of the institutions his bill purports to support.

    When the U.S. House and Senate convened last week to begin the 2013 session, a flurry of bills were filed in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s mandate for tougher gun control restrictions.

  • Shelby student is playing with his future

    When Seth England took off for Eastern Kentucky University in 2011, he already had set his sights on a degree in computer science with a focus on programming, but at that time he couldn’t have known he would-be designing a game in Redmond, Wash., a year later.

    A 4.0 student at Shelby County High School and in that first year at EKU, England decided to apply for admittance to DigiPen Institute of Technology, a prestigious school focused on computer science, engineering and art, with an emphasis on creating video games.

  • How schools are protecting our students

    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday in which left 26 dead, including 20 students, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof was quick to let parents know that SCPS has been and is continuing to do it all it can to keep students safe.

    “We sent an E-mail to parents last night [Sunday] and to staff,” he said. “We also put a statement on our Web site.”

  • 2 former Shelby dropouts complete diplomas

    Devon Hickey and Analley Grave, who once left school without graduating, received their high school diplomas in a brief but touching ceremony held before the school board meeting Thursday night

    The graduates made a short “walk” to the front of the room, to the music of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and received their diplomas from Superintendent James Neihof, accompanied by their principals, Eddie Oakley of Shelby County High School and John Leeper of Collins.

  • Shelby County School Board: New calendar is approved, school will be out May 30

    It’s official; the Shelby County Board of Education approved a recommendation to move the last day of school back one week to May 30.

    After an unusually harsh winter caused forced the district to take 13 snow days, the end of the school year had been pushed back to June 6, instead of the originally scheduled May 21.

    But adding only six days back to the original school calendar still gives the district plenty of time to meet the state’s educational requirements.

  • It’s official: tax rate remains flat

     

    The school tax rate for the 2014-15 school year will remain unchanged for a second straight year.  During Thursday’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, the board voted to maintain the rate of 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, the same it has been for the last two years.

  • SCHS principal ready to retire

    Having served in the education field for 32 years, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley says he’s ready to start a new chapter.

    Though he has enjoyed the journey, Oakley said it’s time to retire and explore different paths.

    “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” he said. “Its just time to do something else.”

    Oakley said he might use his free time to flip houses or visit his son in Australia.

  • Area educators come to Shelby to Think

    More than 70 educational leaders from Kentucky convened at the former Southside Elementary gymnasium Monday for the kickoff of the fourth Thinking Strategies Institute hosted by the district.

    “The institute really has them put themselves in the stance as a learner,” SCPS staff developer Lora Shields said.  “Once you understand that, then you know how to set up your classroom to help students understand.”

    Ryan Allan, the district’s public relations coordinator, expanded on the purpose of the 4-day workshop.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL Student fees up for approval

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review student fees for the 2015-16 school year at Thursday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The fees cover the costs of extra items for some classes and other items that are not required for students, such as overnight trips, parking passes, athletic passes and classroom materials for optional classes, as well as some required courses.

    Last fall, when the district posted student fees on its website, it created a maximum of $100 for a student.