• SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student fees, classroom supplies an area of concern

    The divisive topic of student fees and supplies came to the forefront Thursday in the Shelby County Board of Education meeting, as board members debated possible solutions to ease the financial burden placed on parents, while simultaneously considering the classroom needs of teachers.

    “I feel sorry for the parents that are having to pay a ton of money, plus buy all this other stuff,” said board member Joanna Freels, a retired school teacher.

  • Board approves $1 million for unmet needs

    Despite a nearly hour-long debate on the topic, the Shelby County Board of Education ultimately voted in favor of approving the district’s unmet needs, which included a list of priorities that totaled just more than $1 million.

    Susan Barkley, Director of Finance, said the funding for the priorities would come from the district’s unassigned fund balance in the General Fund.

  • Shipley says goodbye to Painted Stone

    Six years after taking the helm at Painted Stone Elementary School, principal Michelle Shipley is leaving to take an administrative position with Shelby County Public Schools’ district office.

    District Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the district has received some applications for the principal vacancy but interviews have not yet begun. Shipley will remain at the school until the new principal has fully transitioned.

    But in her new role, Shipley will be starting from scratch as the newly formed Student Programs Coordinator.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL Student fees up for approval

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review student fees for the 2015-16 school year at Thursday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The fees cover the costs of extra items for some classes and other items that are not required for students, such as overnight trips, parking passes, athletic passes and classroom materials for optional classes, as well as some required courses.

    Last fall, when the district posted student fees on its website, it created a maximum of $100 for a student.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student recognized for Mensa acceptance

    To kick off their meeting Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education recognized an exceptional middle school student for an outstanding accomplishment.

    Superintendent James Neihof honored West Middle School sixth-grader Treyden Stansfield for his acceptance into Mensa.

    “He was accepted into American Mensa as of April first of this year.  His IQ score from the InView Cognitive Abilities Test places him in the top ninety-nine point five percentile in the world. That’s a pretty impressive thing,” Neihof said.


  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Tentative budget passes without discussion

    Without discussion, the Shelby County Board of Education approved the 2015-16 Tentative Budget Thursday during the regularly scheduled meeting. The budget included some slight changes from the Draft Budget, which was presented to the board in January.

    “I had had many discussions with them [board members] in the weeks leading up to the meeting. Individually, [board members] would call with questions and so fourth, so I guess they just thought they were ready,” SCPS Superintendent James Neihof said.

  • SCHS and Collins class of 2015

    Graduating seniors took to the time honored tradition Saturday as 227 Shelby County High School seniors and the largest graduating class Collins High School has seen walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas.

    At 214, the Collins class of 2015 was the first to have attended the school for all five years starting in 8th grade with the school’s opening in 2010.

  • Conder named new principal at Cropper

    As the school year comes to a close, it marks a new chapter in the lives of many students as they prepare to advance a grade level, begin a career or leave for college.

    But in Shelby County, as the district prepares for a new school year, big changes are being made in the administrative roles, as well.

    Just less than two weeks after the district announced that Margo Whisman will fill the role of Shelby County High School Principal for retiring Eddie Oakley, the district has made a second major change.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board will hear 2nd budget review

    With more information in hand, the Shelby County Board of Education will hear the district’s tentative budget Thursday at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s office.

    The meeting is just part of a busy night across the school district as both high schools will also celebrate their senior awards nights.

    The tentative budget was originally scheduled for discussion and approval at the May 14 meeting, but due to the timing of some of the numbers, the projections were not ready in time.

  • Wrapping the year

    It’s not unusual for the halls of Collins High School to be filled with new and fresh ideas.

    But on Friday, thirteen Collins students got to share those ideas and their practical applications with their Capstone innovations – a project through the school’s Project Lead the Way engineering program.

    Ideas ranged from a new phone app to help direct shoppers in stores to hardhats that would alert wears to potential hazards.