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Education

  • Southside forum focuses on road, redistricting

    Fewer than a dozen people turned out Tuesday for the first public workshop on for the new Southside Elementary project.

    The workshop, held in Southside's current gym, was designed to get information from the public on the design, layout and features of the new building, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

    However, only three people spoke, and the crowd mostly was filled with administration and staff.

  • United Way grant expands schools' mentoring program

    The MASTER IT youth mentoring program led in part by Shelby County Public Schools this week received a $20,000 grant from the Metro United Way.

    The program, which stands for Mentoring African-American Students to Effectively Reach Intentional Tomorrows, is a community-founded initiative that matches adults and middle school students to help boost academic skills and help make students college ready upon graduation.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside staff pleased with new school's plan

    The Shelby County Board of Education got its second look at the proposed new Southside building during Thursday's meeting at Painted Stone Elementary.

    Architects from K. Norman Berry added a little more detail to the brief overview the board received last month, and staff members from Southside said the school is shaping up exactly like they want it.

  • Shelby County School Board: Plans for Southside open for public view

    The public will get its first chance to critique, comment and opine on the new Southside Elementary School at a public forum Tuesday.

    The forum, which will be at 7 p.m. at Southside, will begin with the presentation of the draft plan, which likely will have been fine-tuned by the board at yesterday's meeting in their workshop.

    After that, those members of the public that have signed in will be allowed to speak on the project.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside plan gets 2 reviews

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get its first chance to chime in on the new Southside Elementary school project at Thursday’s 7 p.m. meeting at Painted Stone Elementary.

    The agenda is centered on a work session for board members to discuss the project with the architects from K. Norman Berry.

    The district will then hold a public forum for members of the community to discuss the needs, wants and features they’d like to see in the new building on at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Southside.

  • Student breaks away for summer

    Anna Joy Thompson isn't a world traveler versed in several languages.

    No, Thompson, a 17-year-old Cornerstone Christian Academy senior, had only left the country one time, on a trip to Haiti last year.

    But during this summer Thompson took a trip she'd been planning for more than two years.

  • Shelby County School Board: Tax increase passes without any ‘thanks’

    A sarcastic "thanks, thanks a lot" rang out from the crowd as the Shelby County Board of Education passed a 2.5 percent increase, plus a .2-cent exoneration allowance, on personal property and real estate taxes.

    The vocal crowd  at the board’s meeting Thursday at Shelby County High School called out just before the vote that the board should not "keep throwing money" at problems in a time of economic restraint.

  • Shelby County School Board: Energy efforts savings offsetting rate increases

    Rate increases by utilities sometimes can rob the results of their thunder, but Energy Systems Supervisor Sherman Adams can come back with a pretty big bolt of lightning of savings for the school district.

    Adams told the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday that the district is saving 1.7 million kilowatt hours over this time last year.

  • Shelby County families are part of a new network of home-schooling families

    Christy Coleman decided to home school her children when she was still in high school – long before she married her husband, Micah, and became a mom.

    Part of her decision likely stems from her own academic experience: She attended a public elementary school but in middle school was switched to a private school. In high school, she returned to public education.

  • SCPS alters ACT standards

    After some confusion over instate ACT benchmarks, a few students in Shelby County are seeing their class schedules changed during this second week of school.

    Benchmarks used by Shelby County Public Schools and reported in Friday's Sentinel-Newswere changed after publication to mirror the state standards.

    SCPS now charges students to achieve the same instate benchmarks on the ACT, which are 18 in English, 19 in math and 20 in reading.