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Education

  • Shelby County School Board approves footprint for new Southside

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent for operations, presented for approval Thursday the schematic design for the new Southside Elementary School, and the board voted its approval.

    The schematic consisted of the basic framework of the building.

    “The reddish portion you see on [on a graphic submitted] is the initial schematic design, and all the other colors remain to be put together,” he told the board about a color-coded diagram of the new school.

  • Shelby's 2011 grads were better prepared than most students statewide

    Students in the Class of 2011 from Shelby County were more ready for life after high school than most in Kentucky.

    Data released Tuesday by the Kentucky Department of Education shows that nearly 60 percent of 2011  high school graduates statewide left school unprepared for college or the workforce, but Shelby’s two high schools fared significantly better than that.

  • Shelby County school budget gets next review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will have a special called meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Central Office, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.
    The meeting was moved from its regular time last Thursday because several board members were forced to miss the meeting due to other conflicts.
    The schedule for the meeting cannot be amended and will include a staff report on the first month’s attendance, votes on the 2011-12 working budget and the schematic design for the new Southside Elementary School.

  • Shelby County schools’ KCCT scores rocket upward

    Shelby County schools saw improved scores district-wide Tuesday in the most recent batch of results for the Kentucky Core Content Tests.

    The so-called CATS tests measure elementary, middle and high school scores in reading, math, science, social studies and writing, and the district topped the state's Proficient and Distinguished rating, its top rating, in all categories except high school social studies and writing. Those categories fell well short of the state’s mark.

  • EARLIER: Shelby's Adequate Yearly Progress lags vs. fed goals

    Although Shelby County Schools showed improvement across the board in KCCT testing, the federal No Child Left Behind results don’t take that into account.

    NCLB results released Tuesday show that only two Shelby County schools, Painted Stone and Wright elementary schools, met 100 percent of their Adequate Yearly Progress goals.

    However, seven of the remaining nine schools met at minimum of 73 percent of their AYP goals, and only Shelby County High School was lower, with 61.5 percent.

  • School helps remove gluten to the maximum

    Middle school is a crazy time.

    It's all about doing the right thing with the right people and fitting in.

    And that's all Melissa Baralt wanted for her daughter Kelly, a sixth-grader at West Middle.

    For years Melissa Baralt had been trying to get the school system to offer some gluten-free alternatives to work with her daughter's Celiac disease.

  • 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.