• 'Half the battle'

    When East Middle School teacher Debbie Meredith lost her hair and started wearing hats in school, none of her students said a word.

    For a while, neither did she.

    “No teachers told the kids because we didn’t know if she would,” fellow teacher Suzanne Guelda said.

    Then somewhere around the second week of this school year, Meredith told her seventh-grade students what she was going through.

    Diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she was being treated with chemotherapy.

  • Collins athletic field to get turf

    Future athletes of Martha Layne Collins High School, get ready for turf.

    The Shelby County School Board approved Thursday night details of Collins High's outdoor athletic facilities, and they include synthetic turf for a football/soccer stadium.

    Ten contractors tendered various bids on the facilities, and the firm that came out on top was no big surprise.

  • Crowe impresses as student school board representative

    If you know Shelby County High School sports, then you probably know Austin Crowe.

    A junior at SCHS, Crowe is a manager on the football, basketball and baseball teams. He enjoys his duties so much that he hopes to continue them at the next level.

    "I'm managing three sports, so I'm constantly in sports," he said. "I'd love to get into the medical field or in sports equipment, to go to college and be a manager."

  • A crowning achievement

    Those close to Lana Jo Barnett know just how much being crowned Homecoming queen means to her.

    Though few ever would realize it from looking at her standing on that field smiling, her victory represents something even deeper than heading up the queen's court - her victory over death and her long, arduous struggle back to the land of the living.

  • Montell prefiles bill to create charter schools

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) is a fan of charter schools. Too bad Kentucky law does not allow for them.

    "Charter schools are usually among the top performer in school districts," he said in a press release. "These high performers are setting important examples about what public schools can achieve, often with under-served students."

    That's why Montell has prefiled Bill Request 79 to change current legislation.

  • CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Collins High still on schedule

    Despite some seriously wet weather, the construction of Martha Layne Collins High School is on schedule.

    Sherman-Carter-Barnhart official Michael Smith presented a progress report at Thursday's School Board meeting at East Middle School, showing that the construction of Martha Layne Collins High is 48 percent done and on schedule for its July 26, 2010 completion.

    Superintendent James Niehof said what's important to know is the school is expected to beready for class when school starts August 2010.

  • Schools' planning committee taking shape

    The school board got the ball rolling in the creation of a Local Planning Committee Thursday, approving the employment of an architect/engineering firm to evaluate existing buildings, and naming board member Allen Phillips as the board's representative on the committee.

    The Kentucky Department of Education requires school districts to select a local planning committee to develop plans and outline capital priorities.

  • Acklin honored in top 24

    Clear Creek Elementary teacher Artavia Acklin was not among the nine semifinalists in consideration for the 2010 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, but she said she is excited and honored to be able to go to the capitol in Frankfort as one of 24 educators to be honored with 2010 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards.

  • EARLIER: Acklin receives Teacher Achievement Award

    Shelby County educators continue to rack up honors for their quality of work.

    Artavia Acklin, a third-grade teacher at Clear Creek Elementary, has been named by the Kentucky Department of Education as one of 24 winners of the 2010 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards and is a finalist to be named the state's teacher of the year.

  • Local tutoring program receives state award

    Hispanic students have found a friend in Shelbyville. And on Wednesday, the Kentucky Board of Education took notice, presenting the annual Dr. Samuel Robinson Award to Arriba Niños.

    The Arriba Niños (Upward Children) program was established by four Shelby County churches in 2003 to assistance Hispanic students with their schoolwork and to help with English Language Learning.