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Education

  • State auditor says Anglin had “too much access”

    In April, Shelby County Public Schools uncovered suspected fraudulent activity that resulted in the theft of nearly $600,000.

    Former payroll manager Benita Anglin was indicted for the theft on Aug. 20 and awaits her first trial date on Nov. 3.

    Immediately following the discovery, Superintendent James Neihof alerted the proper authorities and an audit by the Kentucky State Auditors Office was initiated per request of the district.

  • School board ready to vote on new voting districts

     

    An hour-long meeting may have finally brought resolve to an issue that has been lingering for more than five years.

    Tuesday evening, a special called meeting was held in order to establish new school board voting district boundaries.

    Due to population shifts and because the district boundaries have not been reestablished since 1999, the amount of voters in each district are off balance by more than 10-percent, and have been so for many years.

  • Student reps to be inducted

    This week’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting will open up with the installation of two student school board representatives.

    Seniors Michael “Steven” Cheppo of Martha Layne Collins High School and Hunter Moore of Shelby County High School will take their seat on the board after being sworn in by Judge Michael Harrod on Thursday at the district’s central office located at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

  • District sees KPREP scores continue to rise

    Shelby County Public School officials have quietly been walking around with big smiles this week as the district learned on Wednesday that it’s annual state test scores increased again.

    For the second year in a row, district saw improvement in its Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (KREP) scores.

  • District to broaden career strands

    After a long, and sometimes heated debate, the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday approved 3-2 the funding of a new arts center for the district, although with some strings still attached.

    The board approved a recommendation to join the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative in the building of a city center, which will provide art courses to students before and after school, as well as private lessons, at a maximum of $3.5 million.

  • Leading the way into engineering course

     

    Students at West Middle School are already getting a taste of engineering experience, thanks to a robotics course being provided to sixth and seventh graders at the school.

    In the library at West Middle School Thursday evening, the Shelby County Public School’s Board of Education heard presentations from Carson Jorgenson and Abigail VanDeVelde.  The sixth-graders at the school presented two projects they had created in the robotics course this year, a program funded by a Project Lead The Way grant.

  • Students udderly enjoy milk day

    Getting children excited about nutrition isn’t always easy.  But yesterday morning, the faces at Heritage Elementary School were covered in milk mustache smiles as Kathy Belcher with Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) explained the nutritional value of milk.

    “I’m here to teach students about the importance of school milk in the students’ diets,” Belcher said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD–Expansion plans to get a vote

    The Shelby County Board of Education will have two big expansion projects on the table when it meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Middle School. 

    This week’s agenda calls for a vote to conclude two discussions that were started during the board’s previous meeting earlier this month.

  • School district looking at new ways to grow

    While there has not yet been an official vote, the Shelby County Public School’s Board of Education seems to be one step closer to a commitment of opening a public art center.

    The subject was first discussed more than two years ago when various organizations throughout the county began expressing their desires for a venue to be used for meeting space, private classes and various other arts programs.

  • District to WiFi enable 4 buses

    A few years ago a student could complete a bit of homework on their bus ride home or maybe while on a long team trip, but as the Shelby County Public Schools district has expanded its use of digital devices, completing homework on the school bus has become nearly impossible for many. 

    But that soon could be considered a thing of the past, as the district is looking to equip several school buses with WiFi access.