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Education

  • Accelerated enrollment for new academies

    The turnout for the new Accelerated Academy at both Collins and Shelby County high schools has been somewhat staggering.
    The administrative staff of both high schools and Shelby County Public Schools sat down Thursday with members of the Board of Education for an informal roundtable discussion to explain the new program.
    More than 115 students have met the criteria for the academy and 71 – 44 at Collins and 27 at SCHS – will take on the rigorous schedule starting in two weeks.

  • Summer school students can’t put down their books

    Shelby County Public Schools’ new Summer Reading Academy has moved above and beyond the district’s expectations.

    During a report to the school board report after just one week of the session, Director of Secondary School Kerry Fannin discussed how students were flying through books, and the seventh and ninth grade program was going to progress well past it’s intended point, which he said hasn’t been lost on the students or teachers either.

  • Summer school off to fast start

    Shelby County Public Schools' expanded summer school program has had a big turnout this year.

    In reports to the Board of Education at Thursday's meeting, it was reported that almost 350 students are attending the district's summer reading academy.

    The program, which the district started last year for students in grades 1 and 3, expanded this year to add grades 5, 7 and 9.

  • EARLIER: Collins' athletic turf coming apart at seams

    The problems with the new Collins High School football/soccer field now appear to have been caused by faulty installation and craftsmanship.

    According to Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof, the almost-1-year-old field's seams have come apart because of faulty seam-tape, and the foundation is littered with hundreds of punctures in the liner, which is supposed to be impervious, beneath the turf.

  • EARLIER: WAZE: SCPS had oral contract to build 3 schools

    Football fans can expect more long lines of vehicles at Collins High School games this year while the Shelby County Board of Education and WAZE Development continue to battle about a northern extension of Discovery Boulevard.

    Now, the next hearing in the board's lawsuit against WAZE, former owner of the property where Collins was built, won't be held until Aug. 17, the same day the 2011-12 school year begins.

  • Education summit: Ky. trying to get in front of U.S. goals

    A group of nearly 50 from educational associations, school districts and legislators both state and federal met Monday at Collins High School to begin the discussion of the relationship of the future of education in Kentucky with federal standards.

    The Kentucky Leads The Nation group, started by the Shelbyville-based Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, is trying to get out in front of the reform and reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind.

  • EARLIER: Tab for Collins athletic field repair: $360,682

    Although clearly hesitant to invest more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix the athletic field at Collins High School,  school board officials voted Thursday night to do so – despite the fact that the engineer who spoke to the school board admitted that the field may be beyond repair.

  • Shelby schools' year-end test results: Good progress

    Shelby County students – particularly elementary students – have shown some positive progress in areas of reading and math during the past school year.

    That was the news delivered Thursday to the Shelby County School Board from the third and final MAP assessment tests of the year.

  • Neihof’s report: Good finish

    Shelby County Schools Superintendent James Neihof wrapped up the 2010-2011 school year on a positive note during last Thursday’s school board meeting.

    He spoke about teachers’ plans for the summer school curriculum, and that they planned to focus heavily on reading and literacy.

    He also reminded everyone that a traffic light was expected to be installed at the entrance to Collins High School at Discovery Boulevard soon, though he did not have an exact date.

  • Vietnam vet ‘graduates’ – 42 years after his class