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Education

  • Shelby County School Board: Painted Stone to get efficiency upgrade

    On the back of West Middle’s almost 30 percent energy reduction and improved Energy Star rating, Painted Stone Elementary will receive an energy-saving project upgrade worth more than $92,000.

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved the project, which will seal a gap between the walls and the underside of the school’s roof. K. Norman Berry Associate Architects – which has also designed and overseen the Northside Early Childhood Center and the new Southside Elementary School – made a design plan for the estimated four-week project.

  • NEIHOF: Helping students find a purpose

    Eighty-seven percent of teens recently reported on a Gallup Youth Survey that their lives have an overall purpose, and a powerful impulse to serve other people and society as a whole pervades many of the comments of those interviewed.

  • Shelby County School Board: 2013-14 goals will be updated

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will hear an update on its progress toward the goals it set for the school year.

    During the meeting, which will be at the school’s district offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville, the board members will hear from Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith about the district’s success toward meeting the goals based around the district’s Five Main Things – Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning, Intervention and Enrichment.

    Those goals, set last April, include, among others:

  • Shelby County school receives maximum donation of minis

    What started as a wish-list item for teachers and administrators at Painted Stone Elementary turned into a reality this year – and much quicker than anyone expected.

    After raising nearly $10,000, the Painted Stone Parent Teacher Organization in January donated 30 iPad Minis to the school, beating its goal by nearly half the school year.

  • Shelby County School Board: Change will help Southside lead 21st Century classrooms

    As the school district puts the finishing touches on the new Northside Early Childhood Center, it made a bold new change at the new Southside Elementary School, which is scheduled to open in the 2014-15 school year.

  • Shelby students’ MAP scores trending mostly down

    Since the beginning of the school year, elementary school students have shown progress in reading but have not done as well in math.

    That was the result of the winter MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) scores revealed by Lisa Smith, deputy superintendent of Shelby County Public Schools, to the school board at its meeting Thursday night.

  • Shelby County School Board: New vision, implementation to get vote

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take a vote on a proposed new vision for the district at it's meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district's offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The concept, which focuses on five points – globally effective students, 21st Century professionals, healthy and responsible students, Innovation, and 21st Century Support Systems – was put together by the Strategic Leadership Team and presented to the board by a large group at the Jan. 23 meeting.

  • School board reviews draft budget

    Shelby County Public schools offered on Thursday night what Superintendent James Neihof called a “very conservative” early budget for the 2014-15 school year.

    The draft budget is a state-mandated review of projected receipts and expenses, and the school system’s director of finance, Greg Murphy, reminded board members that even though the state requires school boards to review it in January, a lot could change later.

  • Northside opens its new doors today

    As the Northside Early Childhood Center opens its new doors for the first time today, students will be treated to a mix of new and old.

    This state-of-the art school eventually will house the majority of Shelby County Public Schools’ preschool program and the Head Start infant and toddler program for the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, but it has blended in some of the architecture and features from the building that was opened on this site in 1939.

  • Shelby County School Board: Accreditation firm to review district

    The Shelby County School Board approved a board meeting schedule Thursday night for the remainder of 2014 that keeps the customary second-and-fourth-Thursday frequency except for
    two additional meetings this month to allow the board to make presentations to an accreditation team.

    These meetings with AdvancED Accreditation, a national firm employed by the school district to earn accreditation, will be at 10: 30 a.m. Jan. 27 and at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

    Superintendent James Neihof previewed for the board the presentation he will provide at those reviews.