• 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.

  • Rocket men

     It’s not everyday that a rocket launch occurs in Shelby County, but on Friday three rocket launches happened at Painted Rock Elementary.

    Two students along with the help of their classmates set off small rockets as part of what they’ve been working on all year with their Academic Science Team.

  • Coming full circle at SCHS

     Although SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley is retiring at the end of the school year, there will still be a familiar face patrolling the school’s halls when students return in August.

    On Monday, Margo Whisman was announced as the new principal for Shelby County High School. Whisman has been a vice-principal at the school for five years, but that’s not where her familiarity starts.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board approves athlete drug testing

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday a one-year pilot program for random drug testing of student athletes.

    David Weedman, director student achievement, said there has not been a decision made yet on how the program will be carried out but he anticipates it will begin this fall.

    “It will begin next year,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get everything in place by the fall.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to vote on athlete drug testing

    The hot topic of random drug testing for student athletes returns to this week’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting and this time the agenda calls for more than just discussion.

    When the board meets Thursday at 6:30 at the Shelby County Education Center at Cropper, , 8472 Cropper Road in Pleasureville, the board will consider the approval of a one-year drug testing pilot program.

  • Throwing a flag on hunger

    Powder-puff fundraiser

    WHEN: Saturday 5 p.m.

    WHERE: Collins High School football field

    WHAT: Fundraiser flag football game

    BENEFITTING: The Shelby County Backpack Program

    COST: $3 for spectators, canned goods and monetary donations also encouraged

    MORE INFO: 647-1160

  • A blooming source of learning

    Clear Creek Elementary students are now saving the Monarch butterfly species one caterpillar at a time thanks to a collaborative effort from teachers, students and Shelby County Master Gardeners with funding provided by the Shelby County Soil Conservation Board.

    The master gardeners worked with students and teachers to install a new butterfly garden on Tuesday, and now students throughout the school are conserving, observing and maintaining the garden.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget committee proposes $1.15 million in new expenses

    Susan Barkley, the director of finance for Shelby County Public Schools, shared with the board of education Thursday a report from the budget committee regarding the 2015-16 Tentative Budget, which is to be submitted to the board for approval next month.

    Barkley said the committee, which is comprised of four principals, several staff members from central office, two teachers and two board members, has met three times this year in order to develop the budget.

    Thursday’s report updated the board on only a small portion of the budget.

  • Truth and Consequences

    The gymnasium at the Shelby County Education Center at Cropper Wednesday morning was filled with individuals from law enforcement and EMS workers, among many others, to deal with victims and abusers of drug and alcohol use, at least hypothetically.

    Kelly Samples McNew, director of Shelby Prevention, hosted an exercise titled Truth and Consequences and gave students the opportunity to experience the results of some negative decisions.

  • Cauley-Stein visits Shelby students

    The red and black gym at West Middle School was filled with blue and white Thursday, as students stomped on the bleachers and chanted, “We want Willie”.

    The room exploded when the seven-foot-tall University of Kentucky basketball player, Willie Cauley-Stein, finally arrived.

    And with him he brought positive messages of encouragement, be a positive influence, be nice and do your best.

    Former UK player Jeff Sheppard introduced Cauley-Stein and spoke with the students as part of his ‘School is Cool Tour’.