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Education

  • Court clears former Collins substitute

    Bryan Schildknecht, the substitute teacher that was involved in an altercation with a Collins High School student last October, has legally been cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.

    Shelby County Public Schools relieved Schildknecht from his duties at the school on October 8, 2015, immediately following a scuffle between him and the student but offered little comment on the matter, stating only that he would no longer work in the district.

  • Collaboration of arts and minds

    Students across the district are collaborating with the Shelby Regional Arts Council to form unique works of art to display in their schools.

    David Wainscott, with SARC, said two years ago they reached out to the schools and he was connected with Southside Elementary Art Teacher McKenzie Hunter.

    “She had a lot of faith,” Wainscott said, noting Hunter had no idea what to expect from the project, but it has since expanded to the other schools. “The others have seen the finished project.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board may help send Odyssey teams to World Finals

     

    With five Odyssey of the Mind teams in Shelby County gearing up for World Finals just a few weeks away, the Shelby County Board of Education will consider providing up to $4,000 for team travel expenses when they convene for their regular meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.

    The board will meet this week at West Middle School, which is sending three of the five teams to the competition at Iowa State University May 25-28 in Ames, Iowa. 

  • Lt. Gov urges Shelby students to find their passion

    With a focus on the value of entrepreneurships, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students of Shelby County and Collins high schools as well as East and West middle schools at SCHS Wednesday morning.

    “The constitution gives you as individuals the right to shape your lives however you see fit,” she said.

    Hampton said this view has always been of value to her, as she grew up in a home with a limited budget and garnered pressure from others to behave in a manner that they saw fit.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget Committee to make recommendations

     

    With the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year rapidly approaching, the Shelby County Board of Education has its sights set on the future.  The board will consider the approval of Budget Committee’s recommendations for the 2016-17 budget when it convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at district’s offices, 1155 West Main Street.

  • Rocket Games are a blast

    More than 150 students with special needs assembled at the football field at Shelby County High School Friday to participate in the annual Rocket Games.

    Kristen Kapp, a teacher at SCHS, said this year teams from Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Franklin counties paired up with students from SCHS and Collins to participate in a series of events including golf, soccer, corn hole, races, football and basketball. “We have about twenty-three stations and we tried to cover all sports,” Kapp said, noting putt-putt and bowling stations set up across from her.

  • JCTCS releases director, Wieland

    With the economic downfall finally behind us, many Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  But for every action there is an equal or, as in the case of the Jefferson Community and Technical College system, an opposite reaction.
    Dr. John Wieland shared this week that his role as director of the JCTC Shelby County campus will be eliminated to account for mounting budget cuts.

  • Lisa Smith starts new chapter

    They say when one door closes another opens, but for Lisa Smith, life has mostly involved one door opening after the next and finding the faith and courage to walk through each.

    For nearly three decades, Smith, who currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent for Shelby County Public Schools, has graced the education world with her passion for the field, taking her knowledge and experience with her with every new role she assumes but now a new opportunity has been presented to her: retirement.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District ready to move on Big Picture School

    The agenda for Thursday’s Board of Education meeting includes a request from Superintendent James Niehof for the board’s support in openingnew learning opportunities for students by establishing a Big Picture Learning School founded on advisories and internships.

  • Pena accepted into Gatton Academy

    Alex Martin Pena, a sophomore at Collins High School, has been selected to join the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University.

    The academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors, offering students a chance to experience college campus life with no cost for housing, tuition or meals while pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.