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Education

  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: Neihof will seek 2.5% tax increase

    Once again Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will weigh the district's needs against the state of the local economy when it discusses and votes on the year's tax levy at its 7 p.m. meeting at Shelby County High School.

    Superintendent James Neihof is again recommending an increase, asking the board to approve 1.7 cents, or 2.5 percent, plus a .2-cent exoneration allowance to both the real estate and personal property taxes.

    That would raise the school district’s total tax to 69.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.

  • Cornerstone’s ACT scores blow away other schools

    Cornerstone Christian Academy released its ACT scores Monday, and the school raced past the state averages for juniors in the 2010-2011 school year.

    Cornerstone's composite score was a 25, more than 6 points higher than the state and Shelby County Public School's averages, and four points higher than the national average.

    Cornerstone's scores across the board were much higher than state and county averages, and higher than the benchmarks set for admission to the state-supported postsecondary education institutions in Kentucky.

  • EARLIER: Shelby’s ACT scores decline

    The ACT scores among juniors in Shelby County fell behind those of the state and most surrounding counties in 2011 – just one year after they had showed significant gains.

    Shelby County Public Schools’ average composite score among juniors fell from 18.7 in 2010 to 18.5, which lags the state's average (18.8).

    School districts in Oldham (21.5), Eminence (20.9), Scott (19.9), Franklin (19) and Spencer (18.7) all had better scores, and Henry and Jefferson counties matched Shelby, with Henry and Jefferson both improving to the 18.5.

  • Shelby County schools have smooth first day

    Other than a few tears from children and parents alike, Shelby County Public Schools had a smooth opening day on Wednesday for the 2011-12 school year.

    Lisa Smith, the district deputy superintendent, was at Heritage Elementary bright and early Wednesday morning, and she noted how well things were coming together.

    "Everything is going very smooth; the students are all very happy and excited,” she said. “And the weather is just beautiful. It's a perfect day to start school."