• Shelby County School Board: New buildings to get full attention at meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will check the progress of the district’s two newest additions when it convenes at 7 p.m. Thursday at East Middle School, 600 Rocket Lane, for its regular meeting.

    The board will hear an update from architects K. Norman Berry and Associates on both the finishing touches at the Northside Early Childhood Center and on the progress at the new Southside Elementary School.

  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: New school vision coming

    Superintendent James Neihof said he is ready to introduce a plan that can reshape the vision, along with some of the common practices, of Shelby County Public Schools.

    “When I say my plan, this comes from the Strategic Leadership Team, so it’s eighty-plus [people] strong,” he said. “This is the plan we’ve put together. The BIG Goals will still be our motto, but our vision and our mission will come from Inspired Learning, Leading and Living.”

  • 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.

  • Why schools needs increased funding

    As Gov. Steve Beshear delivered his State of the Commonwealth address last week, the ears of those involved in education across the state perked up.

    But educators are left wondering which is correct: What they’re hearing publicly about a push for expanded funding is correct, or what they’re hearing privately that more funding is unlikely.

  • 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.

  • Shelby County School Board: State association offers lobbying day for funding

    As the state embarks on another budget cycle with education funding becoming a highly discussed issue, the state’s school boards are looking for a way to ensure the voices of local educators and community leaders are heard in Frankfort.

  • Painted Stone students pig out on reading tests

    Teachers and educators go to great lengths to encourage children to read, but the December reading challenge at Painted Stone Elementary came with a unique twist:

    If students read 100 books and passed 100 Accelerated Reader tests, one of their school leaders would kiss a pig. Literally.

    The challenge was the brainchild of Gigi Wheeler, PTO member and Accelerated Reader coordinator for the school.