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Education

  • Neihof receives ‘Excellent’ review

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved and read its 2013 evaluation of Superintendent James Neihof during Thursday’s regular meeting at the board offices at 1155 Main Street.

    Of the nine professional standards used in the review, Neihof’s average grade was “Excellent.” National and state associations developed the standards, and the rating range is Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

  • Shelby County School Board: Districtwide accreditation will be pursued

    Shelby County Public Schools continues to advance in a working toward a district-wide accreditation through the AdvancED process.

    During Thursday’s regular meeting, the school board approved the participation in the process, and Superintendent James Neihof presented the board with a copy of the district’s self assessment, which was sent to AdvancED to begin the process.

    The board first heard of the process during a February meeting at which board chair Doug Butler questioned the process.

  • Shelby County School Board: Superintendent to get annual public review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will present its annual public review of Superintendent James Neihof at Thursday’s regular meeting at the board’s offices, 1155 Main Street Shelbyville.

    This will be Neihof’s fourth review from the board, with the last three all having an average score of Excellent – the state-provided review has a range of Unacceptable, Needs Improvement, Good, Excellent and Outstanding.

    Under state law the board is allowed first to present the review to Neihof in closed session, which it did at a meeting on June 13.

  • Shelby County School Board: MAP scores show students making slow progress

    The good news that school officials relayed at Thursday night’s school board meeting is that MAP scores for spring 2013 show that the majority of students are maintaining or showing improvement in reading and math from last school year.

    The not-so-good news is that improvement is not substantial enough,said Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith, who presented MAP scores to the board for a comparison of scores for the school year, and a look at they differ from last year’s.

  • Shelby County schools name King, Peake to key posts

    Shelby County Public Schools named two near leaders for the coming school year.

    Brenda King, since 2009 the county’s director of special education, will be the principal of the new Northside Early Childhood Center that  is scheduled to open in January 2014.

    And Ayanna Peake, a native of Louisville with an extensive background in psychology, will served as the Reading and Math Proficiency Coordinator (affectionately known as RAMP).

  • EARLIER: ‘A community treasure’ of Shelby County is retiring

    On Monday, things finally will slow down for Duanne Puckett.

    For the past 44 years she has gotten up and gone to work, first at The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News, where she finished as editor and in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and then for Shelby County Public Schools, where she spent more than a decade as the district’s public relations coordinator, but next week she can sleep in.

  • Substitute teachers talk Shelby County School Board into taking 2nd look at cuts

    Confronted by a group of substitute teachers upset with a plan to cut their pay scale, members of the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday backtracked on those previously approved cuts and agreed to reconsider their decision.

    During a nearly 3-hour meeting, the board approved a tentative budget with total projected revenue of nearly $61 million, a 1.5 percent raise for certified employees and a 3 percent raise for classified employees, but it was substitute teachers who earned top billing.

  • Collins seniors’ haul: $2 million in scholarships

    The Collins High School Auditorium was packed Thursday night with students, teachers, administrators and parents, all beaming with pride as scholarship after scholarship was announced, for a record total of $2,157,700.

    “We were thrilled,” Collins Principal John Leeper said after the 3-hour ceremony.

    “We challenged them at the beginning at the year to try to break one and a half million, and they heard us loud and clear and began applying early, and I think that was the key,” he said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student: Some Academy teachers ‘not that great’

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a little more than it may have expected in a report from students in the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

    Six students, ranging from sophomores to juniors and from both high schools, dutifully answered questions about the program posed by Superintendent James Neihof.

    All reported that they enjoyed the program, the rigor and even the zero hour class that begins before other students even arrive in the morning.

    However, one student, Steven Chappo, provided a little more.

  • Graduation 2013: Seniors say they’re ready to tackle the world

    Hundreds more residents of Shelby County will graduate from high schools this week and face that immediate question: Are they ready for life after graduation?

    That can’t be answered for several years, of course, but school officials say they are impressed with the seriousness that this year’s graduates are regarding their futures.