• Shelby County School Board: Collins students will run for Beta Club national office

    The Shelby County Board of Education’s meeting on Thursday was the site of a national announcement.

    Collins junior Ryan Ruff, who was elected state Beta Club President and will serve his term next year, announced his intentions to run for president of the national organization.

    “I’m here today to formerly announce my intentions for the candidacy of the national president,” Ruff told the board.

    Ruff, the son of Dan and Liz Ruff, was actually at the meeting to talk about his candidacy for the state president.

  • Shelby County School Board: Growth will have district add teachers

    The budget changes made by Shelby County Public Schools in February won’t have nearly as much sting on staff as it appeared.

    Before the number of students was adjusted for growth, the district predicted changes to the student-teacher ratio would decrease the number of teachers in the district by 3.

    But because of the projected increase to 6,846 students next year, 140 more than this year, the district’s staff will continue to grow with its enrollment.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student growth, teacher allocation get first look

    At its meeting Feb. 14 the Shelby County Board of Education decided on budget cuts that could eliminate more than 25 positions.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof noted after the meeting that growth in the district could mean that the number of personnel lost would not be that high.

    At Thursday’s meeting the board will gets its first look at that projected student population, with a recommendation on school allocations and staffing guidelines from Director of Finance Greg Murphy.

  • Kentucky Legislature: Bills designed to make schools safer

    In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., both the Kentucky House and Senate are moving forward with similar school safety bills.

    House Bill 354 unanimously cleared the House Education Committee on Thursday and will go to the floor for consideration.

  • School budget cuts: $2 million, 26 jobs

    The Shelby County School Board on Thursday approved almost $2 million in cuts for its 2013-14 budget that could result in the loss of 26 positions across the school district.

    Acting on recommendations from the its budget committee, the board approved about $2.2 million in cost reductions, but other adjustments left total savings in the general fund at almost $1.9 million.

  • Shelby County School Board: District-wide accreditation to be pursued

    The Shelby County School Board heard on Thursday a report from Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley and district Director of Elementary Schools Cindy French on the AdvancED Accreditation program, which the district is planning to follow.

    SCHS is the only accredited school in the district, earning the distinction in 2008-09 school year, Oakley’s first as principal.

  • MAP test scores: Mid-term trends are not-so-good

    The second round of MAP testing scores reviewed during Thursday’s meeting of the Shelby County School Board showed that student learning isn’t progressing as rapidly as district officials would expect them to be.

    The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is given to students three times each year, to help teachers and administration gauge a students progress during the school year and throughout their education in the district. The first test of the year is given in the fall and the final exam will be administered in the spring.

  • Saarinen named a National Merit finalist

    Being accepted to the Gatton Academy for Math and Science at Western Kentucky University after his sophomore year at Shelby County High School would be a highlight for Sam Saarinen’s young academic career.

    But now as a senior, Saarinen, the son of Tim and Anne Saarinen, is in the middle of one of the most impressive runs Shelby County has seen.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget recommendations get 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will get its first chance to make changes and begin the process of trying to balance the 2013-14 budget by hearing recommendations from budget committee. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane.

    At its meeting on Jan. 24, the board was presented an unbalanced draft budget, a big departure from normal practice, with the promise of budget recommendations this month.

  • Shelby County School Board: Early budget review shows general shortfall

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first look at the projected 2013-14 draft budget during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    “The objective is to do a preliminary review – it doesn’t need an approval – of the outlook for next year’s, the 2013-14, budget,” said Greg Murphy, director of finance. “We will continue to update you as we gain more data.”