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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: Digital data boards help track students

    The Shelby County Board of Education rang in the New Year with its first meeting of 2012 on Thursday.

    The board opened by electing Eddie Mathis as its new chairman and Doug Butler as the vice chairman. After that and some recognition in honor of National School Board Month, the board quickly was down to work.

    The staff opened with a report on data boards, which are often discussed during meetings, especially those that involve test scores.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: First glance at budget for 2012-13: Grim

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some grim news with the first look at its 2012-13 budget.

    The draft budget, which is a state-mandated review of projected receipts and expenses, was presented at Thursday's meeting and with it came an appeal from Superintendent James Neihof that the board members talk to the county’s leaders in Frankfort about continuing cut costs in education.

    In his report, Neihof said the state needs to get back to the funding level it provided in 2008.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget for 2012-13 to get its 1st review

    With a new year comes a new budget.

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get its first look at the 2012-13 draft budget at Thursday’s meeting at the district offices at 1155 Main Street.

    A new board chair and vice chair will lead the meeting into always dicey budget discussions.

    The current 2011-12 working budget shows the district having to cover more than $625,000 in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding from the state. However, that number will not be fully known until the end of the school year.

  • Report says Shelby trails state's college-bound student rate

    Shelby County is right on average with the state in producing college-going students, according to a report released on the class of 2010.

    The Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative, a coalition of educational groups, released last week the Kentucky High School Feedback Report for College-Going Students in the class of 2010.

    It showed that of the 427 students graduating from Shelby County Public Schools in 2010, 60.2 percent went on to college, with 61.6 percent going on from Shelby County High School.

  • Shelby County Public Schools : 6 teachers earn board certification

    Shelby County Public Schools announced Wednesday that six new teachers had earned their National Board Certification, brining the district's total to 54.

    The district's press release showed Shelby County High School and Painted Stone Elementary each with two teachers  earning the national recognition this year: Karin Ceralde and Julia Webb and Molly Davie and Heather Fallen, respectively.

    Also earning their certification were Amy Vest from Southside Elementary and Kimberly Lewis from Wright Elementary.

  • Shelby County School Board: New state assessments coming forward slowly

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a preview Thursday of the new accountability model that the district is in the process of receiving from the state.

     “This is not everything,” Superintendent James Neihof told the board at its meeting at the central office in Shelbyville. “There is still more to come.”

    There will be several language changes, with K-Prep replacing the familiar KCCT and the new Unbridled Learning moving to the forefront for CATS.

  • Shelby County School Board: Shelby dropouts now have new way to finish

    Shelby County Public Schools is hoping to jumpstart the careers of students who jumped out of school a little too early.

    The district will begin a pilot program on Jan. 3 that will help students who dropped out of school before graduating finally earn their diplomas.

    This program differs from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program in that students actually earn Shelby County diplomas instead of an equivalency.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Shelby’s ‘worst’ facilities good on state’s standards

    The Kentucky Department of Education this week released its first school facility assessment scores, and the Shelby County schools included in the survey held up well.

    The report, required by 2010's Senate Bill 132, focused on the condition and educational suitability of 484 schools in the state that were ranked lowest in the state’s last such study.

    Five schools from Shelby County fall within that range, and none was ranked in the bottom 100.

  • Shelby schools consider elementary Spanish

    The Shelby County Board of Education has decided it wants to know more about foreign language in elementary schools.

    The board, during Thursday's meeting at Collins High School, heard a presentation from Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French and Southside Spanish teacher Julester Bennett on the pilot program, now in its third year at Southside.

    Students attend the Spanish class one a week as part of a rotation that includes music, art and physical education.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS receives ‘perfect’ audit

    The Shelby County Board of Education received a perfect audit report during its meeting Thursday at Collins High School.

    Mike Jones of Mather & Co. CPAs in Louisville said it was the first time in his 15 years of doing audits that he finished one that had no material weaknesses, no significant deficiencies and no other comments.

    “This is extremely rare,” he said. “I think the district and all employees should be proud.”

    The only recommendation that Jones could give would be to double check.