• Shelby teen building a cultural bridge

    A local youth is making big strides for the Hispanic community and her work has recently earned her an impressive recognition.

    Ivonne Gonzales, an Eastern Kentucky University sophomore, has been honored with the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Leadership Award for her efforts to educate others about, and promote the inclusion of, Hispanic culture.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SCPS to bring back handwriting, cursive

    Though it’s no longer required by the state, Shelby County Public Schools rolled out its plan Thursday to integrate handwriting lessons into classroom curriculums for the coming year.

  • Relinquishing control

    The sight of tables and chairs in the hallways and students coming and going as they please into classrooms laden with couches, recliners and bean bags could be misleading to a visitor. But what may seem like chaos to outsiders is a solution for many students in Shelby County.

    A new program called 3PT – path, place, pace and time – affords select students at Heritage, Southside and Clear Creek elementary schools and Shelby County and Collins high schools the opportunity to have more control over their day.

  • Charter school legislation gets push


    While 43 states have legislation in place allowing charter schools, Kentucky is not one of them, but Gov. Matt Bevin, with the backing of his new appointees, is working to change that.

    Wednesday at the Kentucky Board of Education’s regular meeting in Frankfort, Bevin and his team urged the Kentucky Board of Education to call a work session in November in order to develop a position on charter school legislation.

  • Heritage named school of distinction

    Heritage Elementary School paced Shelby County Public Schools scores K-PREP scores, jumping seven points from last year to lead the pack.

    And while Heritage showed a big improvement, the district took a stop back, dropping 2.2 points from last year’s score.

  • Shelby County School Board – Collins’ presents Titan Innovations

    School board members Thursday enjoyed a special presentation from students at Collins High School participating in the 3PT (path, place, pace and time) learning model.  Five students in the program, in various grade levels, shared their experience with the new learning model and each voiced their approval.

    Students informed board members that Collins’ model, titled Titan Innovations, provided them with the flexibility, personalization, support and ownership of learning that they desired in their education.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Innovations sharing experiences

    Thursday’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Collins High School and the board will be treated to a presentation from students in the school’s 3PT (Pace, Place, Path and Time) program, titled Innovations.

    Five schools in the district, Heritage, Southside, Clear Creek, Shelby County and Collins, offer their own version of the 3PT learning model. 

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Tax rate stays flat

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education voted to maintain the tax rate of 71.5 cents per $100 for both personal and real property, the same rate for the fifth consecutive year.

    “The good news about that is that there is no increase to tax payers,” district director of finance Susan Barkley said.

    The tentative budget that the board approved in May was built on this rate, Barkley said, noting that the district’s estimated tax revenues in the tentative budget were more than 99 percent accurate.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Publishing unaudited report provides concern

    The Shelby County Board of education approved the unaudited financial report during their regular board meeting Thursday, but not before voicing concern. 

    Board member Andrew Cline shared his displeasure for a change in legislation requiring school boards to publish their unaudited report in local newspapers. 

    Cline said publishing the unaudited report shortly before the audited report is available could cause confusion. “There will be updated audited financial statements that go out in November,” he said. 

  • Teaching outside the box

    With an education system driven by a technology-focused world, it’s a breath of fresh air to know that schools haven’t stepped too far away from their roots.

    Beyond the school walls laden with power outlets for charging phones and tablets, there’s an entire world to be explored and many teachers in Shelby County are embracing this boundless classroom.