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Education

  • Southside under way

    Construction has started for the new Southside Elementary School, which will be built behind the current school, on Ginkgo Drive in Shelbyville.

    The new facility is scheduled to be completed by next summer, making way for the demolition of most of the old school building. The school’s current gym and a few classrooms will remain.

    The new building will be open for the 2014-15 school year. Here’s a look at the beginning stages of the construction.

  • Shelby County School Board: Next budget step gets review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will have its say Thursday on the newest version of the district’s 2013-14 budget.

    The tentative budget, which will be the document the district uses as it goes into the school year, will present the state funding amounts and the recommendations from the district’s budget committee, which were approved by board vote in February.

  • Odyssey ends with trip to World Finals

    It’s not every day you hear the question, “Does Jonathan have garbage bag pants?” that pointing and laughing or at least some giggling does not follow it.

    But that question came up at Odyssey of the Mind practices at two different schools recently.

  • SCHS seniors earn more $1 million in scholarships

    Shelby County High School students earned $41,400 through 48 local scholarships for education and a little more than $1 million in total scholarships, as reported to the school’s guidance counselors.

    About 100 of the graduating seniors filled the school’s auditorium along with their friends and family on Thursday night to celebrate the achievements at the annual Senior Awards Night.

    SCHS Principal Eddie Oakley noted how he and this group started at Shelby County together four years ago.

  • Shelby County teachers may get pay raises

    All certified and classified employees of the Shelby County Public Schools may be getting a raise next year.

  • Shelby County School Board: High schools delayed by testing problem

    End-of-the-year testing at Shelby County Public Schools’ two high schools has been interrupted slightly because of issues with ACT’s issuing of the state’s end-of-course assessments.

  • Shelby County School Board: Students tabbed for TIP at Duke to be celebrated

    The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize students who have qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) during Thursday’s regular meeting, which will be at Heritage Elementary School, 8300 Frankfort Road.

  • Vendor issues take K-PREP off line statewide

    On top of Monday’s safety issues at Collins High School, Shelby County Public Schools already had made a quick change to its K-PREP testing, which also began Monday.

    The district was forced to alter its testing situation because of an issue with ACT, which is the vendor for the end-of-course testing.

    Shelby County was one of several districts statewide that were scheduled to begin testing online this year. However, ACT began having issues with its online test and by Friday temporarily had suspended online testing because of technical issues.

  • Shelby County School Board: District’s after-school care continues to grow

    After-school care in Shelby County has reached an all-time high at 319 students, program director Joy Royalty told the Shelby County School Board during her presentation at Thursday’s regular meeting at the district’s offices on Main Street.

    “We’re a self-sufficient program that runs from after school until six o’clock, and we’re available at each elementary school,” she said.

    The program is available for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

  • Want a GED? Get it now

    If you are lacking a high school diploma and thinking of going the alternative route, officials are urging you to get started –  now.

    Starting in 2014 the cost of earning a high school equivalency through the General Education Development (GED) exam will double to $120, and the test will be changed to align better with the new common core standards and college and career ready standards being adopted nationwide.