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Education

  • School redistricting plan hits Southside, Simpsonville heaviest

    The Shelby County Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to a plan that will alter but not drastically shift the balance of elementary school students for the 2014-15 school year to coincide with the opening of the new Southside Elementary School.

  • Shelby County Schol board hears progress on state, national tests compared

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday received a little more information on how the district’s two major student tests relate and saw the predicted summer swoon in scores from last spring.

  • Science standards measure thinking

    Teachers and administrators are hard at work studying how best to implement the new and somewhat controversial Next Generation Science Standards in Shelby County.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof has noted that the changes will not be as difficult in Shelby County as they may be elsewhere, where they have been debated somewhat heatedly.

    “Really, we were really already doing many of these things,” he said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Map, state tests provide 2 answers for 1 question

    After Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education will have a much better understanding of the academic progress of the county’s students.

    The board will hear a staff report on the on the fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test and review of the district’s results in the 2012-13 Unbridled Learning state test and see how those results aligned with the 2012-13 Board Goals.

    The Unbridled Learning results were made public on Sept. 27, and Shelby County Public Schools showed positive growth, earning a Proficient score as a district.

  • Shelby graduation event reaches for helping hands

    Shelby County can point with pride to examples of its generous helping hands – with every month seeming to bring new opportunities to raise funds, raise awareness for a cause, or help a local resident in need – and now organizers of Project Graduation are hoping to tap into that willingness to help.

  • Elementary redistricting plan coming for Shelby County schools

    Superintendent James Neihof could not discuss test scores during the Shelby County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, so he brought up another hot-button issue: school redistricting.

    Based on next year’s opening of Southside Elementary, Neihof has had the district administration working on a plan to accommodate the expanded size of the new school. Its focus was to create feeder schools, marking three elementary schools to feed each middle school and in turn each high school.

  • State test scores up sharply

    There were several smiling faces throughout Shelby County Public Schools on Wednesday morning when the district received its Unbridled Learning Accountability System report card.

    The district saw its ranking in Kentucky improve by 21 percentile points, up to the 77th percent out of 174 school districts, earning it the classification of Proficient and Progressing.

  • KACo puts on presentation for students

    The Kentucky Association of Counties put on a presentation for 3rd and 4th graders at Heritage Elementary Wednesday that included a Kentucky artist and Shelby County officials that spoke to the children about what they do and their roles in government.

  • Shelby County School Board: Board to take last look at 2013-14 budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will put together the final budget for the 2013-14 school year during Thursday’s regular board meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    After voting in August to maintain the personal property and real estate tax rate at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, the board will look to approve the final numbers in its working budget.

    By maintaining the same rate as last year, district officials estimate that general fund will be reduced by nearly $741,000.

  • Martha Layne Collins visits Martha Layne Collins

    In a darkened auditorium Wednesday at Collins High School, former Gov. Martha Layne Collins sat down with Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan for a question-and-answer session to help enlighten the school’s senior class.

    The assembly – which was handled in a style akin to the classic Inside the Actors Studio – featured Collins informally answering questions from Allan as the students provided a backdrop of laughs and clapping.