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Education

  • Collins’ engineering program now certified

    Collins High School's Project Lead The Way program received national certification last week.

    The PLTW Pathway to Engineering program started in 2010 at Collins, and four different courses are offered to students starting in eighth grade.

    Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization, which provides science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs along with a rigorous curriculum.

  • Mercury spill doesn’t linger

    Shelby County High School reopened Thursday morning without delay after an incident had the school on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

    Assistant Superintendent Kerry Whitehouse commended the school and all those involved through a release issued by Shelby County Public Schools Thursday morning.

    ""It is gratifying to know so many community and school individuals come in a second's notice to work together when an incident such as this occurs," he said.

  • Some students struggling with Accelerated Academy’s AP courses

    Although Shelby County Public Schools’ officials have been pleased with the first semester of new Accelerated Academy, they also have identified a few areas for improvement.

    In a report to the school board on Thursday, Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said with proper tweaks, the district would see even more enthusiasm for the program, which began with 62 students in this year’s freshmen classes (37 at Collins, 25 at Shelby County).

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP scores show disappointing trend

    The Shelby County Board of Education received some disappointing information as the district marches toward the first of its BIG Goals this year.

    The district’s winter Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test results revealed that the schools have a long way to go to ensure that every student entering middle school next year be on or above grade level in math and reading.

  • Shelby County School Board: Academy gets accelerated review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get an update on the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

    Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith will give a presentation on the academy and how the students are managing with their heavy load of courses during the meeting, which is at  7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 Main Street.

  • Public preschool facility would house 150

    The Shelby County Board of Education got its first look at the proposed plan for the new Northside Early Childhood Center during Thursday's meeting at West Middle.

    The school, which will be used for two daily sessions of preschool, each with a capacity of 150 students, will sit on the lot of the old Northside Elementary School on College Street, between 8th and 9th streets.

  • Shelby County School Board: 3 new teachers to be required

    Shelby County Public Schools continued with its preparations for the 2012-13 school year with the district's school allocations presentation to the school board during its meeting Thursday.

    Revised growth projections show the district now growing by 98 students – down 22 students from the previous projections – and the district projects a need of 3.8 more teachers in the coming year to help handle the increased growth. The increase is nearly identical to the 3.7 teacher positions recommended last year.

  • Shelby County School Board: Status of new schools up for review

    New projects will dominate the discussion during Thursday’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting at West Middle School.

    The board, which meets at 7 p.m., will get reports from architectural firm K. Norman Berry Associates on the status of the new Southside Elementary School and the first look at conceptual drawings for the Northside Early Childhood Center to be built on the location of the former Northside Elementary School.

    The last time the architects presented anything on the projects was the public workshop on the Southside project.

  • Shelby County School Board: Positive energy for the schools

    With difficult and depressing budget forecasts recently dominating meetings, the Shelby County Board of Education received some good news during Thursday's gathering at Clear Creek Elementary.

    District Energy Manager Sherman Adams relayed big savings the district has seen with some electric upgrades, rebates and habit changes.

    The district uses the 2009-10 school year as baseline data, because it's the year before Adams started in his role.

  • Shelby County School Board: Students eating healthier at school

    Members of the Shelby County School Board found out Thursday that even with increased regulations, Shelby County students already are getting healthy lunches that meet new national standards.

    Food Services Coordinator Evell Coomer and District Health Coordinator Traci Earley combined to provide a report on the district's nutrition and physical activity during Thursday's meeting.

    Coomer started the report, stating that lunch services were up 3 percent in the district, with 65.5 percent of the students purchasing lunch district-wide.