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Education

  • Expanding knowledge

    As students across Shelby County pour into their classrooms next week, a young school will welcome its inaugural class of first grade students.

    Discovery Gym, located at 116 Main Street in Shelbyville, has expanded its building and is broadening the curriculum to include first graders for the first time since opening in 2012.

    “We opened up [in] July three years ago and we started out with morning preschool just a couple days a week and gymnastics in the evening,” said Discovery Gym owner and teacher Laura Shelton.

  • The cost of education

    Back-to-school shopping is a financially plaguing problem for many. So last month Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof suggested parents restrict their supply list spending at $25.

    And while the cap is helpful, it is just a drop in the bucket for many parents when it comes to back-to-school shopping, which is now considered the second largest spending season next to the winter holidays.

  • Finishing what SCPS started

    In Shelby County, we reap what we sow, and not just in the fields.  Shelby County Public Schools has done an amazing job over the years in producing a bountiful harvest of students and those seeds are often replanted back into our school system.

    This year three of the districts four new principals are graduates of Shelby County High School, including newly appointed SCHS principal Margo Whisman.

  • SCCT adds student board reps

    For the first time since its establishment, the Shelby County Community Theatre will include a younger audience in the decision-making process by adding students to its board of directors.

    Incoming sophomores Jake Waford andMason Warren both of Martha Layne Collins High School have been selected to serve as the inaugural board representatives for the SCCT and board members say the two were a clear choice.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District introduces new devices

    Shelby County Board of Eductaion members, were surprised last week when they saw nearly 2,000 laptops, still in boxes, stacked along a wall and almost touching the ceiling.

    The laptops were delivered to the Shelby County Public Schools Central Office last week, and will be distributed to high school students during the opening weeks of the 2015-16 school year.

  • Clark named interim principal for MLCHS

    Mike Clark, formerly the Director of Student Services for Shelby County Public Schools, has been selected to serve as the interim principal for Martha Layne Collins High School for the 2015-16 school year.

    The district’s Site-Based Decision Making council made the announcement Thursday and Superintendent James Neihof shared the news with the Board of Education following their meeting later that evening.

  • Reduce, reuse, reward

    Students at Southside Elementary have been beautifying the exterior of their new school, cleaning up the environment beyond their fresh walls with hopes to clean up Mother Earth one recyclable item at a time – and their efforts are not going unnoticed.

    The school has been named a top state collector of hair care, skin care and cosmetic product packaging for the Personal Care and Beauty Brigade, a recycling program established by Garnier and TerraCycle.

  • Acklin selected new PSE principal

    Former Simpsonville Elementary School Assistant Principal Artavia Acklin has been selected as the new principal for Painted Stone Elementary.

    While the change will be an adjustment for her, Acklin should be comfortable in her environment.

    As a lifelong resident, Acklin has been with the Shelby County school system for the majority of her life.  She’s a Shelby County High School graduate and has been with SCPS since she graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in early elementary education.

  • Achieving greatness

    When youth struggle in school or in their social lives, they lean on their peers.  But when students have no one to lean on, their issues may snowball into a lifetime of problems.

    Donna Jones recognized this problem in 2007 when she started teaching at West Middle School and immediately took action, starting a school Black Achievers Program.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to review draft budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get a taste of what’s to come Thursday when it hears a brief overview of district’s draft budget – the first step of three when preparing the district’s annual budget.

    Shelby County Public Schools’ Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the state requires each district present a draft, or preliminary, budget to their boards by January 31.

    “It doesn’t require action from the board,” Allan said. “It’s just a presentation.”