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Education

  • Diving into their lessons

    If a group of fish is called a school, you might say their class is in session this week at Painted Stone Elementary.

    Rather than dipping their toes into a lesson plan, first grade students at Painted Elementary School this week are diving headfirst into their studies as they learn how to swim at the Family Activity Center.

  • Kentucky’s little queen

    A fourth grade Painted Stone Elementary student is preparing to take the national stage in Orlando this summer to compete for Little Miss United States.

    With less than two years of pageant experience under her belt, 10-year-old Tayan Stansfield was recently crowned Little Miss Kentucky United States and already holds the title of Junior Miss TOPS with the Miss KY/Miss America Scholarship Organizations.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to consider new board goals

    The Shelby County Board of Education will convene for its first meeting of the month this week, this time at host school Wright Elementary, at 500 Rocket Lane. 

    The meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, will open with a presentation from the school followed by the board’s consideration for approval the 2017-18 board goals.  Last month, Chief Academic Officer Susan Dugle laid the groundwork for the new goals through a presentation that demonstrated how each new goal would continue to align with the district’s Strategic Leadership Plan Components.

  • Collins middle school team to compete at world competition

    The newly formed middle school VEX Robotics team at Collins is already making waves.

    Coach Tim Oltman said not only is this the first year the district has had a middle school team, but thanks to their competitive drive this will be the first year the district will send a team to the World Championship.

  • Charter schools pass, leave questions

    The lengthy debate regarding a charter school bill in Kentucky has been put to bed.  Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law last week and no appeal came as the session wrapped.

    Many urge that charter schools give parents additional educational opportunities for their students to be better served, while others argue the new law will take money from underfunded traditional public schools.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said it’s too early to say what the new law will mean for Shelby County, or even the state.

  • Lyles receives WHAS/ExCEL award

    Standing before a crowded gymnasium of students and peers cheering her on, Heritage Elementary third-grade teacher Julia Lyles was all smiles Wednesday morning as she grasped her golden apple award in one hand and gently patted her tiny baby bump with the other.

    While preparing for motherhood may be an exciting endeavor for the soon-to-be mom, 2016-17 will also be forever engraved in her life as the year she was honored as Shelby County’s Teacher of the Year.

  • Collaborating for culture

    Several schools across Shelby County are joining forces this week to spread cultural awareness within the community.

    On Thursday evening from 6-7:30, students from Simpsonville, Clear Creek and Painted Stone elementary schools will join West Middle and Collins High schools in the Collins cafeteria for Cultural Night.

  • Collins culinary arts team wins state

    The Collins culinary arts team is as hot as habanera.

    The cooking team won its state competition Wednesday at the Galt House in Louisville and will now start prepping for the national competition to be held in Nashville in July.

    “We were ecstatic,” first year culinary arts student and Collins senior Camden Hunter said. “We just looked at each other in awe and thought, ‘Did we really just win state? Are we really going to nationals?’ It hit us by surprise.”

  • Bed bugs found at SCHS

    Word hit social media last week that Shelby County High School was enduring an invasion of bed bugs but the district urges that the only infestation is that of growing misinformation.

    Shelby County Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said there have been a few isolated incidences.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to consider facility plan recommendations

    The Shelby County Board of Education will continue its conversation regarding future facility plans Thursday.

    The board will convene at 6:30 p.m. at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street and consider approval of the recommendation from the Local Planning Committee on 2017 amended District Facility Plan.