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Education

  • A snapshot of education in Shelby County

      QUESTION: What do you think is the biggest social issue facing high school students today?

    ANTHONY HATCHELL:  The world has become so much smaller in relation to communication that it creates more opportunities or more distractions when it comes to education.

  • Councils allow parents to be involved in school decisions

    Rich Baltzell joined the Simpsonville Elementary School Site-Based Decision-Making Council two years ago to get involved in his children’s education – but he said he ended up with an education of his own. Site-Based Decision-Making (SBDM) councils are the governing body of a school, typically made up of six members: the principal, three teachers and two parents. Kerry Fannin, assistant superintendent for student achievement, who serves as the SBDM coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said the councils serve as a way for parents and teachers

  • Dunbar assistant to head SCHS

    Eddie Oakley, the newly anointed principal at Shelby County High School, says he's excited about the job.

    Oakley, an assistant principal at Dunbar High School in Lexington for the past four years, was chosen this week by SCHS's Site-Based Decision-Making Council to take the reins at Shelby County High School. He starts July 1.

    "I am really looking forward to coming to Shelby County; it's a beautiful community, and I'm really excited about meeting the challenge of being principal of the high school," he said.

  • Collins glad to have 'home' school

    Former Gov. Martha Layne Collins said she is excited to have a school back home again.

    Collins, a Shelby County native, attended Bagdad High School and graduated from Shelbyville High School. With both of those closed, she said now she will have a school of her own.

    The Shelby County Board of Education recognized Collins, the namesake for its new high school, as well as new principals and district administrators at its regular meeting on Thursday.