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Education

  • Northside opens its new doors today

    As the Northside Early Childhood Center opens its new doors for the first time today, students will be treated to a mix of new and old.

    This state-of-the art school eventually will house the majority of Shelby County Public Schools’ preschool program and the Head Start infant and toddler program for the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, but it has blended in some of the architecture and features from the building that was opened on this site in 1939.

  • Shelby County School Board: Accreditation firm to review district

    The Shelby County School Board approved a board meeting schedule Thursday night for the remainder of 2014 that keeps the customary second-and-fourth-Thursday frequency except for
    two additional meetings this month to allow the board to make presentations to an accreditation team.

    These meetings with AdvancED Accreditation, a national firm employed by the school district to earn accreditation, will be at 10: 30 a.m. Jan. 27 and at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

    Superintendent James Neihof previewed for the board the presentation he will provide at those reviews.

  • Why schools needs increased funding

    As Gov. Steve Beshear delivered his State of the Commonwealth address last week, the ears of those involved in education across the state perked up.

    But educators are left wondering which is correct: What they’re hearing publicly about a push for expanded funding is correct, or what they’re hearing privately that more funding is unlikely.

  • Shelby County School Board: State association offers lobbying day for funding

    As the state embarks on another budget cycle with education funding becoming a highly discussed issue, the state’s school boards are looking for a way to ensure the voices of local educators and community leaders are heard in Frankfort.

  • Painted Stone students pig out on reading tests

    Teachers and educators go to great lengths to encourage children to read, but the December reading challenge at Painted Stone Elementary came with a unique twist:

    If students read 100 books and passed 100 Accelerated Reader tests, one of their school leaders would kiss a pig. Literally.

    The challenge was the brainchild of Gigi Wheeler, PTO member and Accelerated Reader coordinator for the school.

  • Shelby County School Board: Redistricting plan OKd with 1 change

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday approved an elementary redistricting plan that it had presented to citizens at two previous meetings.

    The only change from the original proposal is that students living on Scott Station Road will remain at Painted Stone Elementary School. There was no discussion of the matter at the board meeting Thursday night before it was approved unanimously.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board may approve redistricting proposal

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday is scheduled to vote on an elementary redistricting plan that it had explained to citizens during two public meetings.

    The district has decided that redistricting, at the elementary level only, is necessary going in to the 2014-15 school year when the new Southside Elementary School opens and can hold another 150 students.

    The redistricting eliminates some overcrowding issues at Painted Stone, Simpsonville and Clear Creek, all of which are between 99.5 percent and 109.8 percent occupancy this year.

  • 82% of Shelby students in college for Year 2

    Shelby County Public Schools is sending students to college at greater rate than the state average, but the district really is excelling in keeping students there.

    According to the Kentucky High School Feedback Report released early this week, Shelby sent 63.3 percent, or 429, of its 2010-11 seniors to college in the 2011-12 school year, compared to 60.2 percent of the state.

  • Different redistricting meeting location, but school board hears similar complaints

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Tuesday got a repeat showing in its second elementary school redistricting forum at Painted Stone.

    Although more people showed to the second forum – about 25 compared to Monday’s 15 – the board heard many of the same questions and concerns on as it had at Monday’s first hearing at Southside.

  • EARLIER: Parents protest elementary school redistricting ‘done deal’

    A small group of fewer than 15 parents showed up Monday at Southside Elementary to express their mostly unhappy views of Shelby County Public Schools’ plans to redistrict its elementary schools.