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Education

  • Breaking social walls at lunch

    Schools across the county will be mixing things up at the end of the month, when they will be asked to step out of their comfort zones and sit at a different table for lunch.

    What may seem like a small task can have an enormous impact, Superintendent James Neihof explained.

    “When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away,” he said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Schools continue Leader in Me training

    Mike Clark, director of student services for Shelby County Public Schools, will present an update on the third strand of the Strategic Leadership Plan, Healthy and Responsible Students, when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    Clark will discuss the progress schools across the district have made concerning the implementation of the Leader in Me initiative with students, which follows the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

  • Local firm earns international safety recognition

    The engineering consulting firm of Biagi Chance Cummins London Titzer Inc. (BCCLT), along with the University of Kentucky, was recognized last week at the Secured Cities Conference in Baltimore for their implementation of their innovative security project for the campus.

    Global security, risk and emergency management professionals from around the world competed for the top honors for security initiatives for cities, educational campuses, health care facilities and mass transit.

  • Shelby County School Board – Redrawing of voting boundaries still a no-go

    The Shelby County Board of Education has once again postponed their decision to alter their voting district geographic boundaries.

    During the public input portion of Thursday’s board meeting, school board candidate Austin Redmon spoke out against the two proposed voting district boundary maps.

    Redmon strongly voiced his opinion of the proposals, explaining that both suggested maps could directly impede candidate Richard Baltzell’s opportunity to serve if he is elected to the board.

  • SCPS finance director steps down

     

    Last Wednesday, seven months after the district discovered fraudulent activity within their finance department, the district’s Director of Finance Greg Murphy stepped down from his position.

    Though he relinquished his position, Murphy currently remains with the district, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof said.

    “He is no longer the director of finance,” Niehof said. “He is still employed by the district at this point.”

  • Turning everyday moments into learning opportunities

    Tuesday evening, a group of 25 parents, grandparents, caregivers and children attended the Born Learning Academy, a free program sponsored by the United Way and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky.

    The six-session program is designed to assist busy parents and caregivers in preparing their little ones for kindergarten by teaching them how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

    The two-hour program included dinner – spaghetti, salad and breadsticks – which was provided by the school’s cafeteria.

  • New social studies standards please district

    The new social studies standards were released to the Kentucky Board of Education earlier this month for feedback and are under public review and already teachers and administrators across the state are expressing their aversion for the standards, expressing they lack substance. The standards, after review and any changes, will eventually become part Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards and be built into the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress, or K-PREP, tests.

  • Shelby County School Board – Open house to precede Board of Ed meeting

    The Shelby County Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Southside Elementary School, 728 Ginkgo Street in Shelbyville.  Prior to the meeting, Southside Elementary will be open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a community open house.  This is the first time the building has been open for the community since it was finished late this summer, just before school started.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – State auditors to meet with board

    Thursday’s school board meeting opened up with a report from Shelby County Public School’s Superintendent James Neihof.

    Neihof updated the board members on several happenings within the district, including the recent release of the State Auditor’s Examination, which was initiated per request of the district following the suspected fraud within the finance department. 

  • UofL President stops at Shelby, Collins

    Friday morning, University of Louisville President James Ramsey stood before juniors and seniors at both Collins and Shelby County high schools, stressing the importance of continuing education beyond high school.

    “We live in a changing, international, global economy and education is more important than ever,” Ramsey said.

    Each fall, Ramsey, along with other UofL representatives, visits between 10 and 20 schools around the area. And while he has been to SCHS in the past, Friday was his first visit to Collins.