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Education

  • Shelby County Board of Education: Split-level Southside gets its 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education heard its first update on the new Southside Elementary School project during Thursday’s meeting.

    Architects from K. Norman Berry outlined the school’s early footprint but noted that they will be back in the next few weeks with a more detailed development plan.

    Superintendent James Neihof was quick to remind the board that the proposals were just a start. “This is a beginning plan, not a final plan,” he said.

  • Wheeled backpacks banned at 3 Shelby elementary schools

    While many believe that backpacks with wheels are the best way for young students to combat heavy loads of homework, that’s not always the case.

    Several schools and school districts across the country have banned the backpacks because they clog up hallways, don't fit in lockers and cause general trouble when students run down the halls dragging them after they've tipped over from going too fast.

    And that’s also the case in Shelby County.

  • Shelby County School Board: Southside floor plans set for preview

    Shelby County Public Schools will get the ball rolling with the new building project at the site of Southside Elementary at Thursday's regular meeting at Wright Elementary at 7 p.m.

    K. Norman Berry Architects will be on hand to provide the board with an early look at some floor plan possibilities.

    "These are very, very, very preliminary ideas because nothing is finalized yet," said Kerry Whitehouse, the district assistant superintendent for operations. "The board had asked to see where we are, so we've put together some early looks."

  • Shelby County gives back to those who gave

    Scholarship winners spanning five decades joined together Sunday at Shelby County High School Sunday to celebrate the Moore and Pflughaupt families.

    The ceremony dedicated two newly planted willow trees outside the school to the families, which have for the past four decades awarded students in Shelby County with about $500,000 in scholarships.

  • 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.