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Education

  • Hold the phone

     

    Shelby County’s Jillian Jacobs, along with four classmates at Capital Day School in Frankfort, are in the running for national recognition for a phone app designed to help feed the hungry.

    The team was recently selected as Best in State and Best in Region winners in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge for a mobile app concept “Waste Free America.” For the honor, the team received a $5,000 award from the Verizon Foundation for their school and tablets for each team member.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Budget first look shows deficit

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first peek at the budget for the upcoming fiscal year and learned that starting with a deficiency could be likely.

    District Director of Finance Susan Barkley presented to the board the draft budget for Fiscal Year 18 (the 2017-18 school year), the first step in the budgeting process, and said they anticipate about $250,000 more in expenditures than in revenues at this point.

  • Lockdown prompts procedural changes

    After a request from police, several Shelby County schools were placed on lockdown last week following reports of shots fired in the area of Rocket Lane – where Shelby County High, the Area Technology Center, JCTC, Wright Elementary and East Middle schools are located.

    And while no shots were fired on school grounds and the incident was cleared in less than one hour, the precautionary lockdown while police searched for the suspects left many questions from parents and guardians of students at the schools.

  • How did SnoGo go?

    With the district’s first two non-traditional instructional, SnoGo, days in the rear view mirror, it’s apparent the model was not the picture of perfection.

    The district announced earlier this year that on the first snow day that would normally close school buildings, students would participate in SnoGo, instead.  By completing assignments from home on these days, students would avoid making up the day later in the summer.

    After months of planning and preparation, the first SnoGo day finally arrived Thursday, and followed on Friday.

  • Collins culinary arts team wins state

    The Collins culinary arts team is as hot as habanera.

    The cooking team won its state competition Wednesday at the Galt House in Louisville and will now start prepping for the national competition to be held in Nashville in July.

    “We were ecstatic,” first year culinary arts student and Collins senior Camden Hunter said. “We just looked at each other in awe and thought, ‘Did we really just win state? Are we really going to nationals?’ It hit us by surprise.”

  • Superintendent receives accomplished rating

    Shelby County Board of Education Chairman Andrew Cline read into record Thursday the board's evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof for the 2016-17 school year.

  • A grade in the shade

     For a brief moment Monday, the sun didn’t shine so bright over our old Kentucky home.  But even in the shade, Shelby County students found an opportunity to blossom and grow.

    Across the district students filed out of their classrooms, protective eye wear and thinking caps in tote, ready to witness and learn from a rare planetary occurrence.

    As the planet aligned just right, placing the moon between the Bluegrass State and the sun, an ominous light surrounded students gazing up in wonder.

  • Town hall talk on pensions

     Across the state, those who dedicate their lives to serving our communities are facing the challenge of an uncertain future with their retirement plans.

    The PFM Consulting Group, which was hired by the state, offered recommendations last month for Kentucky's pension systems that could save the state more than $1 billion a year.

    However, those recommendations have left many concerned, including members of the Shelby County Education Association.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board members ready for Q&A

     Shelby County Public Schools announced earlier this month its work toward a new leadership plan, the Profile of a Graduate.

    To advance this work, board members made it their personal project to gain feedback from the community through outreach forums.

    On Thursday, board members will discuss their plans for those forums when they convene for the board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Total eclipse of the heartland

    Generally when the atmosphere grows cold and dark, it sets the scene for an ominous and unpleasant occasion. However, in just ten days, many will stop in awe to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astrological phenomenon that will do just that.