• Shelby County School Board: District saving thousands through energy reductions

    Energy Manager Sherman Adams continues to earn his keep through shrewd management of Shelby County Public Schools’ energy needs.

    Adams, in a report to the Shelby County Board of Education at Thursday’s meeting, explained how the district continues to pile on savings through conservation and equipment efficiency upgrades.

  • Students will take vocational courses

    Shelby County Public Schools, in its continued push to ensure that students are college or career ready when they graduate, will require all students to take vocational classes early in their high school careers.

    Superintendent James Neihof, in his report Thursday to the Shelby County School Board, outlined this new approach as he discussed the vision administrators had presented to the board about striving for college readiness and the ideas proposed for career readiness.

  • EARLIER: Parents protest elementary school redistricting ‘done deal’

    A small group of fewer than 15 parents showed up Monday at Southside Elementary to express their mostly unhappy views of Shelby County Public Schools’ plans to redistrict its elementary schools.

  • Shelby County School Board: Classroom technology plan nears completion

    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear during its regular meeting Thursday night that the school district’s Intelligent Classroom Initiative nearly is complete.

    Tommy Hurt, the district’s chief information officer, who will give the report at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville, said the plan is to bring all the schools up to a higher level of technology.

  • School redistricting plan hits Southside, Simpsonville heaviest

    The Shelby County Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to a plan that will alter but not drastically shift the balance of elementary school students for the 2014-15 school year to coincide with the opening of the new Southside Elementary School.

  • Shelby County Schol board hears progress on state, national tests compared

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday received a little more information on how the district’s two major student tests relate and saw the predicted summer swoon in scores from last spring.

  • Shelby County School Board: Map, state tests provide 2 answers for 1 question

    After Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will have a much better understanding of the academic progress of the county’s students.

    The board will hear a staff report on the on the fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test and review of the district’s results in the 2012-13 Unbridled Learning state test and see how those results aligned with the 2012-13 Board Goals.

    The Unbridled Learning results were made public on Sept. 27, and Shelby County Public Schools showed positive growth, earning a Proficient score as a district.

  • Science standards measure thinking

    Teachers and administrators are hard at work studying how best to implement the new and somewhat controversial Next Generation Science Standards in Shelby County.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof has noted that the changes will not be as difficult in Shelby County as they may be elsewhere, where they have been debated somewhat heatedly.

    “Really, we were really already doing many of these things,” he said.

  • Shelby graduation event reaches for helping hands

    Shelby County can point with pride to examples of its generous helping hands – with every month seeming to bring new opportunities to raise funds, raise awareness for a cause, or help a local resident in need – and now organizers of Project Graduation are hoping to tap into that willingness to help.

  • Elementary redistricting plan coming for Shelby County schools

    Superintendent James Neihof could not discuss test scores during the Shelby County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, so he brought up another hot-button issue: school redistricting.

    Based on next year’s opening of Southside Elementary, Neihof has had the district administration working on a plan to accommodate the expanded size of the new school. Its focus was to create feeder schools, marking three elementary schools to feed each middle school and in turn each high school.