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Education

  • Pruitt starts town hall meetings in Shelby

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt made Shelby County his inaugural stop Monday evening as he kicked-off a series of Town Hall Meetings at the Blair Center.

    The freshly remodeled former Southside Elementary gymnasium was packed with educators, concerned parents, grandparents, board members and public officials, among numerous others hoping to have their voices heard.

    Pruitt asked attendees to consider five questions when making their address:

    What do you expect from our schools?

    What school characteristics are most important?

  • Board looks at the ‘Big Picture’

     

    Board members say they want to see the ‘big picture’ concerning an alternative education system that could replace the current structure at the Education Center at Cropper.

    Several board members who attended Big Picture High School in Nashville earlier this year said they were interested in hearing more information on bringing the first Big Picture school to Kentucky.

    The format would involve students attending school three days a week and working at an internship the other two.

  • SCPS recognized for CCR improvement

    Shelby County Public Schools is one of 111 school districts in the state that has been recognized for its College and Career Readiness improvement.

    “Shelby County had a goal for at least fifty-four percent of our high school students to graduate college and career ready in 2015. In reality, seventy-one percent graduated ready as measured by the Unbridled Learning Accountability model,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan explained.

  • Titans give back, get back

    Sitting quietly in a circle, peering up with admiration, a class of young Southside Elementary students listens eagerly to Collins’ senior Sarah Donnell read them a book, their attentive silence breaking only on occasion to laugh at her funny sound effects and gestures.

  • Shelby teen building a cultural bridge

    A local youth is making big strides for the Hispanic community and her work has recently earned her an impressive recognition.

    Ivonne Gonzales, an Eastern Kentucky University sophomore, has been honored with the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Award for her efforts to educate others about, and promote the inclusion of, Hispanic culture.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SCPS to bring back handwriting, cursive

    Though it’s no longer required by the state, Shelby County Public Schools rolled out its plan Thursday to integrate handwriting lessons into classroom curriculums for the coming year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Cursive writing up for discussion

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes Thursday at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street, at 7 p.m., they will discuss the highly debated topic of cursive handwriting. During a previous meeting, board member Joanna Freels noted the value of teaching the writing style and said she wanted to discuss the matter further.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Balanced Tentative Budget approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education quietly approved the 2016-17 Tentative Budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    This is the second step in the budgeting process and included the budget committee recommendations the board approved in April.  Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance said the Tentative Budget includes more information than Draft Budget, which was first received in January, and offered no major surprises.

  • A different path to graduation

    Just days before Shelby County and Collins high schools hosted graduation ceremonies, one student in the district proudly adorned himself in a navy blue cap and gown and held his head high as marched through a small crowd to receive his high school diploma.

    The small piece of paper arrived a little later than 19-year-old Skyler Woods would have liked but he said it’s an honor he is grateful to finally receive.

  • Joseph Ellison announced as new Collins’ Principal

    After more than a year of searching, the Collins High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council has selected Joseph Ellison III to take over as principal on July 1.

    Mike Clark, the former director of student services for the district, served as interim principal for the 2015-16 school year while awaiting their decision.

    Superintendent James Neihof shared his approval of the SBDM Council’s selection.