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Education

  • Hold the phone

     

    Shelby County’s Jillian Jacobs, along with four classmates at Capital Day School in Frankfort, are in the running for national recognition for a phone app designed to help feed the hungry.

    The team was recently selected as Best in State and Best in Region winners in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge for a mobile app concept “Waste Free America.” For the honor, the team received a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school and tablets for each team member.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Budget first look shows deficit

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first peek at the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and learned that starting with a deficiency could be likely.

    District Director of Finance Susan Barkley presented to the board the draft budget for Fiscal Year 18 (the 2017-18 school year), the first step in the budgeting process, and said they anticipate about $250,000 more in expenditures than in revenues at this point.

  • Lockdown prompts procedural changes

    After a request from police, several Shelby County schools were placed on lockdown last week following reports of shots fired in the area of Rocket Lane – where Shelby County High, the Area Technology Center, JCTC, Wright Elementary and East Middle schools are located.

    And while no shots were fired on school grounds and the incident was cleared in less than one hour, the precautionary lockdown while police searched for the suspects left many questions from parents and guardians of students at the schools.

  • How did SnoGo go?

    With the district’s first two non-traditional instructional, SnoGo, days in the rear view mirror, it’s apparent the model was not the picture of perfection.

    The district announced earlier this year that on the first snow day that would normally close school buildings, students would participate in SnoGo, instead.  By completing assignments from home on these days, students would avoid making up the day later in the summer.

    After months of planning and preparation, the first SnoGo day finally arrived Thursday, and followed on Friday.

  • Collins culinary arts team wins state

    The Collins culinary arts team is as hot as habanera.

    The cooking team won its state competition Wednesday at the Galt House in Louisville and will now start prepping for the national competition to be held in Nashville in July.

    “We were ecstatic,” first year culinary arts student and Collins senior Camden Hunter said. “We just looked at each other in awe and thought, ‘Did we really just win state? Are we really going to nationals?’ It hit us by surprise.”

  • Superintendent receives accomplished rating

    Shelby County Board of Education Chairman Andrew Cline read into record Thursday the board's evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof for the 2016-17 school year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New member jumps on board

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, a new member will share the table.  Will Barnett was selected at the end of May and will be officially sworn into the position on Thursday at the start of the meeting, at 7 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street. 

    A Shelby native who grew up in the Bagdad region, Barnett has three children who have either finished or are currently in the SCPS system. 

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Tentative budget to be presented

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday will consider for approval the 2017-18 tentative budget at the regularly scheduled meeting, 7 p.m. at the district’s office, 1155 West Main Street.

    After being braced for a budget deficiency of approximately $250,000 during the draft budget presentation in January, the board will see a balanced tentative budget at this week’s meeting, according to district Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan.

  • Reluctantly ready to retire

    The halls were buzzing at West Middle School Tuesday with teachers packing up their supplies, trading classrooms and clearing up last minute details as most wrap one school year while preparing to start another new school year in a few months.

    But sitting quietly in her classroom surrounded by the packed remains of 42 years in education, West Middle School seventh grade teacher Lillie Hall reluctantly confirmed her decision to retire.

  • Isopure leaving Simpsonville

    A company that makes water purification equipment for medical applications says it is moving to a location in Jeffersontown because it has outgrown its plant in Simpsonville.

    Isopure Corporation will relocate from 141 Citizens Blvd. to the Bluegrass Commerce Park in the Louisville suburb.

    Kevin Gillespie, owner and CEO/president, said Isopure, which employs 38 people, has purchased the former Kenmark Optical building.