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Education

  • Focus of final day in school: Learning, service

    Shelby County Public Schools wrapped up the school year with the controversial last day of school Monday.

    The day, which was originally planned to be Friday but was pushed to Monday because of one snow day during the winter, was much maligned, with many believing the district should have cancelled it.

    However, that was not an option, but many argued that the last day of school didn’t include instruction and often was  wasted, and school board member Sam Hinkle also posed that question with the calendar change was proposed in late March.

  • Commencements commence Saturday

    Although Saturday will be filled with graduation parties, gifts and cards, there won’t be any graduation ceremonies that day.

    Because Shelby County Public Schools still has one more day of school left on Monday, this weekend will be commencement ceremony weekend instead of graduation weekend. Diplomas will have to wait until after Monday.

    However, the schools are still abuzz with activity, commencement practices are filling afternoons Thursday and today, and hotels are booked.

  • Collins seniors go out on a high note

    As the school year winds to an end, Collins High School took time on Wednesday to celebrate its seniors and their accomplishments as they move toward the next chapter in their lives.

    The class earned more than 80 scholarships and $1.5 million toward college, with even more expected to roll in.

  • Shelby County School Board: ‘Tighter’ budget could get worse

    The Shelby County school board approved a bleak budget on Thursday, although it balances, and according to Greg Murphy, the district director of finance, it could get worse.

    “I think last year I used the term razor thin, and this year it’s even tighter,” Murphy told the board in his report. “The budget balances, and our revenue exceeds our expenses, barely.

    “And the next two years could be even more difficult. The second year of the biennium has the potential to be very, very difficult.”

  • Diploma program showing results

    Shelby County Board of Education meetings are rarely as crowded and as uplifting as Thursday’s edition.

    The boardroom at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville, was packed with smiling faces despite the looming budget discussion that was on the agenda.

    But before the board and administration could get knee deep in figures they were presented with an early graduation candidate, one that has shown as much or more perseverance than those that will line up at Shelby County and Collins high schools this coming weekend.

  • SCHS students net nearly $1 million

    Mired in state testing and final exams, Shelby County High School students and their families were able to take some time to celebrate on Wednesday.

    SCHS students reported 28 scholarships, totaling nearly $1 million, and more are expected to be divulged in the final week of school.

    About 75 students filled the front of the SCHS Theater and took turns being recognized for their hard work and preparation for the next stage of their lives.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget plan: 2012-13 balanced but very tight

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take its first look and vote on the tentative 2012-13 budget during a meeting Thursday, and the news from the federal and state governments only has gotten worse since January, when members first saw a draft of this plan.

    The budget is proposed to be $58.8 million plan, about 5 percent less than the 2010-11 actual expenses, and that’s despite Shelby County being a growth district.

  • East Middle names Martin new principal

    East Middle School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council has named Rebecca Martin as the school’s new principal.

    The district made the announcement in a press release on Thursday.

    Martin, an instructional coach with Shelby County Public Schools, has 20-years of experience in education, including being in Shelby County since 2002, when she started as a fourth-grade teacher at Painted Stone.

  • Shelby County School Board: Land acquisitions allow district to complete sites

    The Shelby County Board of Education wrapped up a short meeting Thursday after approving the ability to purchase of three parcels of land and the gift of another parcel.

    The purchased property consisted of two areas that will encompass part of the new access road to the Southside project and another parcel at 208 8th Street to finish the acquisition of land for the Early Childhood Center at the former Northside Elementary School.

  • A primer on the new state testing in schools

    Kentucky is moving into a new standard of statewide testing this spring as part of the Common Core Standards that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kentucky was the first state to adopt the standards in Feb. 2010.

    These new standards, the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, are more rigorous and better aligned with the skills needed in the modern workplace.

    The English/language arts and mathematics standards were the first outlined and were taught this year.