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Education

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New voting districts selected with apprehension

    After postponing its decision on countless occasions, the Shelby County Board of Education has at last settled on a new voting district map.

    State regulation requires that the population of school board voting districts fall within ten percent of one another.  However, with the map unchanged since 1999, the numbers in Shelby County were vastly unbalanced.

    The topic has appeared on numerous board agendas over the past year, but repeatedly board members have been unable to come to an agreement.

  • CCA to provide tablets to students

    In a world of smart phones, tablets and cloud computing, it’s clear to see we live in a technological age. With an aim at better preparing students for a future filled with electronic devices, Cornerstone Christian Academy has passed a 1:1 Technology Initiative.

    This initiative will provide each student when they return to school this fallwith a Microsoft Surface 3tablet and each faculty member with a Surface Pro 3.

    Cornerstone Headmaster David Ladner said in doing so, students will be better prepared for life after graduation.

  • Gatton students are getting more than the sun this summer

    While many students are taking advantage of summer break by relaxing by the pool or earning some spending cash with a summer job, Nolan Hughes and Emma Saarinen are using their time off to broaden their education.

    Hughes and Saarinen are rising seniors with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University. They were accepted into the program last year and could graduate next fall with enough credit hours to enter college as juniors.

  • Out of their element

    When you hear the words “summer reading”, thoughts turn quickly to a quiet library filled with kids’ noses in books.  But don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover.

    The Shelby County Public Library is throwing the book at boring summer learning programs and teaching kids that education is entertaining.

  • Leading the way

     Walking into Southside Elementary School’s library in the middle of summer to the sound of kids running around, one might be surprised, but the kids have a much bigger purpose.

    The 10 kids running around are searching for markers to make posters to let people know that they’re collecting items for food drives and chemotherapy care baskets.

    As part of The Leader in Me, a countywide project, students in the Young Leaders organization are spending their summer learning how to become better leaders and to give back to their community.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Voting districts up for approval

    After more than a year since the matter first re-emerged, the Shelby County Board of Education is finally expected to reach a decision regarding the redistricting of the voting boundaries when the board meets for its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Central Office.

    Last July the board could not reach a consensus on redistricting and elected to table the matter for a future meeting. The issue resurfaced at three additional meetings and a working session to no avail; the board voted in November to defer a decision until after the General Election.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board caps student supply spending

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday took another reluctant look at what it is asking parents and teacher to spend for children to attend school.

    Last month board members voted in approval of presented student fees, with some slight hesitance.

    Several board members noted that asking parents to pay student fees on top of the already climbing cost of supplies could be putting a financial burden on many.

  • District staffing changes match strategic plan

    While students are enjoying summer break, Shelby County Public Schools is doing a little spring-cleaning.

    And when SCPS high school students return to school this fall, it seems they all will be greeted by a new principal, as Collins Principal John Leeper has made his decision to transition to district administration and SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley announced his retirement, or so it seemed, earlier this year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board discuss school supply lists

    Student costs and fees will again be a big part of the Board of Education’s discussion when it reconvenes Thursday at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the matter of school supplies will be raised during the superintendent’s report and he expects the board to discuss the issue and possibly take action on resolving some concerns with them.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student fees, classroom supplies an area of concern

    The divisive topic of student fees and supplies came to the forefront Thursday in the Shelby County Board of Education meeting, as board members debated possible solutions to ease the financial burden placed on parents, while simultaneously considering the classroom needs of teachers.

    “I feel sorry for the parents that are having to pay a ton of money, plus buy all this other stuff,” said board member Joanna Freels, a retired school teacher.