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Education

  • School board hears presentation on how to save on utility costs

    Although it made no decision on the matter, the Shelby County Board of Education listened for an hour Thursday to a presentation from a company that proposes to save the school district more than $4 million in utility costs during the next 10 years.

    Glen Gaines with Energy Education told board members that his company is currently working with 150 school districts, including Anderson, Pulaski and Hardin counties.

  • SCHS sets graduation for June 12

    After a meeting with students Thursday morning, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley said the school will hold graduation on June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Frankfort Civic Center.

    “We sent E-mails to parents, did a one-call to let them know and then we talked to students this [Thursday] morning, and it was still about 50-50 [between June 8, and June 12],” he said.

  • EARLIER: New school out date: June 8

    The Shelby County School Board voted unanimously Thursday to extend the school year until June 8, with graduation currently scheduled for Saturday, June 12. The last day for staff would be June 9.

    Four members of the board - Doug Butler, Eddie Mathis, Alan Phillips and Brenda Jackson - voted for the later closing date. Board member Sam Hinkle was absent from the meeting.

    This decision sparked a lively discussion on The Sentinel-News' Facebook page.

    Gary Kidwell, the director of student accounting and support services, provided the board with six options:

  • Board begins setting goals for 2010-11 school year

    With new guidelines and strategies still on the way and CATS testing on the way out, the goals that the Shelby County Board of Education sets for the upcoming school year could be even more important than usual.

  • Board learns reading patterns with Simpsonville students

    Kindergarten and first-grade students at Simpsonville Elementary led the Shelby County Board of Education members in a reading of “Caps For Sale,” set to music at Thursday’s school board meeting.

    Music teacher Emily Royse red the book, while the students and board members played instruments on certain phrases, showing how a pattern can help students connect with a book and learn to read even if the book is on a higher reading level.

  • A Smart move

    How do you make classroom work more fun?

    It's an age-old question that teachers have been asking since one-room schoolhouses.

    But maybe the revolution has finally occurred.

    When asked if a class exercise was more fun than a birthday celebration about to happen, a group of kindergartners at Simpsonville Elementary answered with an emphatic, "Yeah!"

    Although kindergartners can often get caught in a pattern of answers, this time it didn't seem like they were stretching the truth.

  • Cornerstone wants to burst onto bigger stage

    Cornerstone Christian Academy's World Awareness Proclamation Day celebrated the school's commitment to moving beyond being what it considers the region's best-kept secret.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) applauded the school for following the simple motto "In God We Trust."

    ""It's important to do that whether you're building a capitol building or a school," he said. "To teach people to go out and spread the word is a valuable asset to the community."

  • Schools budget balanced for now

    The Shelby County School Board approved Thursday a balanced budget for the 2010-2011 school year, but  that’s only the first step in a long and involved process of funding a new season of education in Shelby County.

    Facing grim financial times in the state and opening a new high school, the school district has worked through a massive process of belt-tightening, redistributing and planning that appears to have it positioned well for the coming year.

  • District hopes TaG program can grow

    During its meeting Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education heard a report on the Talented and Gifted (TaG) program from Kerry Fannin and Dave Weedman.

    The board members said they were impressed with the work done by the six teachers, but they said they’d like to see the program continue to grow.

  • House budget plan trims 2 school days

    A state budget proposed last week by House leaders gives the state a starting point, but legislators say there is still a long way to go.

    The proposal is about $405 million short of a balanced budget in the second year, nearly double the first projections last week. It would provide a balanced budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins July 1.