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Education

  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: No visible work on Collins’ field

    Shelby County Public Schools is preparing to find out more this week about the scheduled repair work for Collins High School’s multipurpose field.

    The topic is sure to stay in the forefront as the Board of Education gets back on track with a full meeting Thursday, coincidentally at Collins.

    Although the field is not on the agenda, the board and Superintendent James Neihof surely will have questions.

  • EARLIER: Tentative deal in place to repair Collins High School field

    The Shelby County Board of Education had thrown a “Hail Mary pass” on coming to an agreement with Whittenberg Construction on the repair/replacement of the unusable multipurpose athletic field at Collins High School.

    The district had given the contractors until Thursday afternoon to begin work, and, in the waning seconds of the day, Whittenberg finally hauled in the pass, stating in an E-mail to Superintendent James Neihof that it in fact would repair the field

  • Wright parents worried about knives at school

    Parents of students at Wright Elementary continue to be alarmed over two letters sent home in three days about three incidents involving knives being found on school property.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said the district received several calls from parents with concerns, and he is ensuring parents that "additional precautions are and will continue to be taken to make sure students remain safe."

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Students’ information now available on the go

    Parents, guardians and students at Shelby County schools now can access more school information on the go.

    Earlier this month, the Kentucky Department of Education announced the addition of the Campus Mobile Portal App to tie in with the Infinite Campus Parent Portal that already was offered statewide.

  • Shelby County School Board: School review workshops begin Thursday

    The Shelby County Board of Education will launch three consecutive weeks of meetings with a workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday at Central Office, workshop meetings will follow on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.

    In these sessions the board will hear school achievement reports from each individual school, starting with Clear Creek, Heritage, Painted Stone and Simpsonville elementary schools this week.

  • MAP results show ‘deflating’ trends

    Members of the Shelby County Board of Education heard good and bad news in the reports about the results from its two key standardized testing programs that were delivered during Thursday’s meeting at Heritage Elementary.

    News about the statewide KCCT test, reported last week, was almost all positive because each school and the district’s 2011 test results bested their own 3-year averages and state results.

    But this fall’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing came with mixed results.