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Education

  • Corpus Christi stays afloat

    After nearly shutting down a year ago, Simpsonville’s Corpus Christi Academy is still hanging on and may soon be stronger than ever.

    Since their downfall, many changes have since been made, including a reversal of roles regarding administrative leadership.

    Former principal and co-founder Phyllis Sower, stepped down from her position this year to return to teaching and taking her seat in the principal’s office, Leslie Genuis, a former teacher at the academy.

  • District to budget after state funding cuts

    Shelby County Public Schools will need to tighten their belt soon, as the district is expected to lose more than $72,000 in state funding, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    This spring, districts across the state will be slapped with cuts to their Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) payments.

    The funding, which is provided by the state on a per pupil basis, has been declining since the 2008 recession.

  • SCPS teacher earns math program honor

    Clear Creek Elementary math intervention teacher (MIT) Stephanie Herndon was honored last week for her progress in a program provided by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics to improve mathematics education.

    NKU President Geoffrey Mearns honored Herndon, along with 12 other MITs in the region, with the Northern Kentucky University Trailblazer Award for Mathematics Education at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

  • Practice makes perfect

    After six attempts, Collins High School senior Ryan Renfro earned a perfect score of a 36 on the American College Test this past October.

    Renfro took his first ACT exam in 7th grade as part of the Duke TIP program, and scored a 24, which is better than the state and district average, which are both just about 19.

    He then took the test five additional times in high school, earning a 33 two times and a 35 twice before finally reaching the perfect 36.

  • Shelby County School Board – Survey TELLs all

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyville, the board will hear an update on the district’s responses to the 2013 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.

    In March of 2013, all school-based licensed educators in the state were provided with an access code to anonymously provide answers to an online survey regarding conditions at their school.

    The results were complied to review the school conditions at the school, district, and state levels.

  • Institute challenges teachers to rethink

     

    This week, educators from six districts in the state attended a Thinking Strategies Institute hosted by Shelby County Public Schools.

    Approximately 70 teachers and administrators from Shelby, Franklin, Tremble, Henry, Spencer and Gallatin counties spent four days learning about thinking strategies, visiting lab classes in Shelby County that are currently implementing thinking strategy skills, and putting their knowledge into action.

  • Collins senior named National Merit semifinalist

    The Shelby County Board of Education commended Elizabeth McGuire on Thursday, for her achievement in being selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  McGuire, a senior at Martha Layne Collins High School, is one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected from the 1.5 million applicants to the program and is the sole semifinalist in the district.

    “It’s a major honor,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan said, noting his pride in her achievement.

  • District hires new Director of Finance

    Shelby County Public Schools has hired a new Director of Finance to fill the position left vacant when Greg Murphy stepped down from the position last month in the wake of a former employee being charged with embezzling almost $600,000.

    Susan Barkley, currently employed with the Kentucky Department of Education, will fill the position starting on Dec. 1.

    Murphy, who stepped down from the position on October 29, is still employed with the district.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Schools continue Leader in Me training

    Mike Clark, director of student services for Shelby County Public Schools, will present an update on the third strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan, Healthy and Responsible Students, when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Clark will discuss the progress schools across the district have made concerning the implementation of the Leader in Me initiative with students, which follows the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

  • SCPS finance director steps down

     

    Last Wednesday, seven months after the district discovered fraudulent activity within their finance department, the district’s Director of Finance Greg Murphy stepped down from his position.

    Though he relinquished his position, Murphy currently remains with the district, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said.

    “He is no longer the director of finance,” Niehof said. “He is still employed by the district at this point.”