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Education

  • 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.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Tax rate expected to stay flat

    The Shelby County Public School tax rates for the 2016-2017 school-year will be established during the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street.

    Superintendent James Neihof told the board during the previous meeting that he plans to recommend no change for the tax rate for FY17.

  • 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. 

  • A big comeback

    Social media was overflowing Wednesday morning with images of students dressed in their back-to-school best as parents shared feelings of sorrow and excitement for their children’s first day of school.  

    Students shared similar feelings mixed with butterflies for what the new school year may bring, but most of the gloom and apprehension melted away as buses and cars and were greeted with smiles, high fives and hugs from excited faculty members.  One school literally rolled out the red carpet for its students.

  • 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.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Governor’s Scholars to be recognized

    The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize students that earned Governor’s Scholar distinction with a dinner and reception prior to the board meeting on Thursday.  The board will honor the scholars during the meeting at 7 p.m., as well.  Both the ceremony and dinner will be held at the Blair Center, 728 Ginkgo Drive.

  • From the pool to the school

    The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close as we gear up for back to school season, which begins Wednesday.  Teachers are eagerly decorating classrooms while kids are picking out new backpacks in anticipation of a new year. 

    And while we might physically be ready for the 2016-17 school year with every item checked off the school supply list and a shiny new wardrobe in the closet, don’t underestimate the value of mental preparation, either.

  • Musical mash-up

    Students from across the district have joined forces this summer to help create a first of its kind musical performance.

    “We just decided to do something this summer that combined everybody from the school district,” said Kevan Brown, a teacher at Collins High School who is directing the collaborative performance of Disney’s High School Musical.  “We have kids from Shelby County High School, we have kids from both middle schools.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Juniors ACT scores on the rise

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education heard a report from Susan Dugle, the district’s chief academic officer, on the ACT results for the grade 11 students (incoming seniors) taken in 2015-16.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Clear Creek innovations

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education will hear an update from Clear Creek Principal Kim Willhoite on Innovation at Clear Creek – The Summit. District Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said The Summit is Clear Creek’s 3PT (Pace, Place, Path and Time) program.

    “It’s a personalized learning concept we’re seeing across the county,” Allan said, explaining that Clear Creek is one school in the district that will be piloting a 3PT program in the district.

    The Summit will involve personalized, self-paced learning.