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Education

  • Shelby County schools name King, Peake to key posts

    Shelby County Public Schools named two near leaders for the coming school year.

    Brenda King, since 2009 the county’s director of special education, will be the principal of the new Northside Early Childhood Center that  is scheduled to open in January 2014.

    And Ayanna Peake, a native of Louisville with an extensive background in psychology, will served as the Reading and Math Proficiency Coordinator (affectionately known as RAMP).

  • EARLIER: ‘A community treasure’ of Shelby County is retiring

    On Monday, things finally will slow down for Duanne Puckett.

    For the past 44 years she has gotten up and gone to work, first at The Shelby News and The Sentinel-News, where she finished as editor and in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, and then for Shelby County Public Schools, where she spent more than a decade as the district’s public relations coordinator, but next week she can sleep in.

  • Substitute teachers talk Shelby County School Board into taking 2nd look at cuts

    Confronted by a group of substitute teachers upset with a plan to cut their pay scale, members of the Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday backtracked on those previously approved cuts and agreed to reconsider their decision.

    During a nearly 3-hour meeting, the board approved a tentative budget with total projected revenue of nearly $61 million, a 1.5 percent raise for certified employees and a 3 percent raise for classified employees, but it was substitute teachers who earned top billing.

  • Collins seniors’ haul: $2 million in scholarships

    The Collins High School Auditorium was packed Thursday night with students, teachers, administrators and parents, all beaming with pride as scholarship after scholarship was announced, for a record total of $2,157,700.

    “We were thrilled,” Collins Principal John Leeper said after the 3-hour ceremony.

    “We challenged them at the beginning at the year to try to break one and a half million, and they heard us loud and clear and began applying early, and I think that was the key,” he said.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student: Some Academy teachers ‘not that great’

    The Shelby County Board of Education got a little more than it may have expected in a report from students in the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

    Six students, ranging from sophomores to juniors and from both high schools, dutifully answered questions about the program posed by Superintendent James Neihof.

    All reported that they enjoyed the program, the rigor and even the zero hour class that begins before other students even arrive in the morning.

    However, one student, Steven Chappo, provided a little more.

  • Graduation 2013: Seniors say they’re ready to tackle the world

    Hundreds more residents of Shelby County will graduate from high schools this week and face that immediate question: Are they ready for life after graduation?

    That can’t be answered for several years, of course, but school officials say they are impressed with the seriousness that this year’s graduates are regarding their futures.

  • School year wraps with a bang

    Students and teachers alike let out a yell of celebration on Wednesday afternoon as the school year came to an official end.

    Teachers were still required to work on Thursday to close out the year, but the students took their final bus rides home.

    The district was abuzz with celebration all week, with awards nights nearly every day or night and promotion ceremonies for kindergarten, sixth grade and eighth grade and field days in elementary schools dotting calendars.

    A few events were held for Wednesday afternoon to cap the year.

  • 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.