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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: More input sought before changes made to calendar

    The Shelby County Board of Education tabled the proposed school calendar change during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s office, asking for more input from staff, parents and students before deciding on a change.

    Heather Bogard, a senior at Shelby County High School, addressed the board, asking members not to approve the recommended change, which would have added one day to the calendar. The proposed change moved the last day of school to June 4, and graduation from June 2 to June 9.

  • Collins’ multipurpose field taken down to the dirt

    Collins High School’s multipurpose athletic field has hit yet another snag as it lies awaiting repair: The dirt beneath it isn’t suitable.

    The field, which was closed for use 10 months ago after soft spots were found underneath the turf, is now just dirt, with the entire turf and drainage system removed and the original hope that it would be finished by the end of March is now not possible. The field cost $868,000 when the school opened in 2010.

  • Shelby County School Board: ‘New’ Northside gets another look

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will take another look at the new Northside Early Childhood Center.

    During its regular meeting this week at the district offices, at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville, the board will hear from K. Norman Berry Architects on an updated design of the building that the firm first presented last month. The board has asked for a more traditional look.

  • Students get coaching on life after school

    School districts across the commonwealth kicked off Operation Preparation this week.

    The goal of the statewide effort is for eighth-grade and sophomore students to receive college and career advice from trained community advisors.

    "We want to help students realize their potential, maximize their academic preparation and stay on track for success during and after high school," Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said.

  • Shelby County School Board: District on pace to meet some of its goals

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith gave the school board an update at its meeting Thursday night on the progress toward its goals, which were set last year.

    Superintendent James Neihof did remind the board that the timeframe for the goals has not expired, and he said he hoped this refresher could lend a hand for the board’s focus on setting goals for the 2012-13 school year at its meeting on March 22.

  • Schools learn about new federal grading

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard a brief report on the changes the state will see after the No Child Left Behind waiver was accepted by the federal government.

    During Thursday’s meeting at Southside Elementary, SCPS Superintendent James Neihof told the board that the first year will set a base for the each school and district in the state, and from there goals (Annual Measurable Objectives, or AMO) will be set.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Cost of school lunches could be on the rise

    The Shelby County Board of Education will look ahead to next year when it meets Thursday.

    Although the location would be right, with the meeting moving to Southside Elementary, 728 Gingko Drive, the board will not take up any information on the new Southside building project. However, the board will look at a possible increase in the cost of school lunches next year.

  • Readiness measures show students not quite

    Shelby County Public Schools came away with mixed results in the 2011-12 EXPLORE and PLAN test results released by the state on Tuesday.

    EXPLORE tests are given to eighth-grade students and PLAN to sophomores, and the results are used to help gauge college and career readiness. The tests are put together by ACT, Inc., the same company that administers the ACT test, which is used as an entrance measure for college.

  • Collins’ engineering program now certified

    Collins High School's Project Lead The Way program received national certification last week.

    The PLTW Pathway to Engineering program started in 2010 at Collins, and four different courses are offered to students starting in eighth grade.

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

  • Mercury spill doesn’t linger

    Shelby County High School reopened Thursday morning without delay after an incident had the school on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

    Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse commended the school and all those involved through a release issued by Shelby County Public Schools Thursday morning.

    ""It is gratifying to know so many community and school individuals come in a second's notice to work together when an incident such as this occurs," he said.