• Shelby County School Board: District’s after-school care continues to grow

    After-school care in Shelby County has reached an all-time high at 319 students, program director Joy Royalty told the Shelby County School Board during her presentation at Thursday’s regular meeting at the district’s offices on Main Street.

    “We’re a self-sufficient program that runs from after school until six o’clock, and we’re available at each elementary school,” she said.

    The program is available for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

  • Shelby County School Board: Diplomas, goals highlight agenda

    This Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will award diplomas to students who previously had given up their chances at a graduation.

    Started in the 2011-12 school year, the diploma recovery project allows students that were one-time dropouts the opportunity to receive a diploma from their former school by attending evening courses and using online resources and testing through COMPASS to earn credits toward graduation.

  • Want a GED? Get it now

    If you are lacking a high school diploma and thinking of going the alternative route, officials are urging you to get started –  now.

    Starting in 2014 the cost of earning a high school equivalency through the General Education Development (GED) exam will double to $120, and the test will be changed to align better with the new common core standards and college and career ready standards being adopted nationwide.

  • SCHS’ Terry named top teacher

    Maggie Terry, an educator of 20 years, has been named Teacher of the Year for Shelby County.

    Terry, an algebra teacher at Shelby County High School, received an engraved trophy and flowers at a ceremony Tuesday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House from her principal, Eddie Oakley, and Superintendent James Neihof.

    Terry, who also was named Shelby County High School Teacher of the Year, was selected by a team of administrators from Shelby County School’s Central Office, led by Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith.

  • Shelby County School Board: Cropper student finishes 2 grades in 1 year

    A student at the Education Center at Cropper has accomplished something unique to earn his high school diploma.

    Marco Osorio Sapon used a new online learning tool called COMPASS to complete his final two years of high school in one.

    That was the highlight Thursday, when the Shelby County Board of Education met at Cropper and heard a report from Principal Steve Coleman about progress at the school, which accommodates students who are having difficulties in the classroom.

    “We have some really good things going on out here,” Coleman said.

  • Updated: Parent questions principal’s actions, files formal complaint

    The parent of a Shelby County student has now filed a formal complaint with the school district after going public with her outrage about treatment she said her son received at Heritage Elementary.

    In a copy of the complaint forwarded to The Sentinel-News, Whitis reiterated her claims that Black berated her son in the hallway after pulling him from music class and “proceeded to scream at him [that] her school needed his test scores.”

  • Shelby County School Board: District to honor Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County Public Schools will announce its 2013 Teacher of the Year during a reception Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    The ceremony will also honor the nominated teachers from each school in the district. They are:

    Jennifer Gilbert, Clear Creek Elementary

    Katrina Stapleton, Heritage Elementary

    Kim Crick, Painted Stone Elementary

    Katie Strange, Simpsonville Elementary

    Jamie Mezin, Southside Elementary

    Rachel Metzger, Wright Elementary

    Tracy Miller, East Middle

  • Shelby County School Board: Lofty new standards discussed

    The Shelby County School Board spent the bulk of the Thursday’s regular meeting in a work session discussing its goals for the 2013-14 school year and saw them presented in a new way.

    The staff put this year’s goals in the form of “if/then” statements, in an effort to present more clearly what needs to occur for the goals to be met.

  • Shelby County School Board: Goals workshop to shape 2013-14

    After reviewing the 2012-13 board goals and progress toward reaching them during its meeting March 14, the Shelby County Board of Education will look past the present and toward the future at Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices in Shelbyville.

    This week the board will hold a workshop at 1155 Main Street to discuss the options and plans for the 2013-14 board goals.

  • Shelby County School Board: Weather forces change in Northside work

    The Shelby County Board of Education had a late addition to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting at the Area Technology Center.

    The board, after approving a revised agenda, approved the expenditure of up $40,000 on wet soil removal and replacement at the site of the Northside Early Childhood Center project. The vote was taken before a change order was submitted, which is allowable, because of  the timeliness of the project. The change order will be submitted at the board’s next meeting.