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Education

  • Updated: Parent questions principal’s actions, files formal complaint

    The parent of a Shelby County student has now filed a formal complaint with the school district after going public with her outrage about treatment she said her son received at Heritage Elementary.

    In a copy of the complaint forwarded to The Sentinel-News, Whitis reiterated her claims that Black berated her son in the hallway after pulling him from music class and “proceeded to scream at him [that] her school needed his test scores.”

  • Shelby County School Board: Cropper student finishes 2 grades in 1 year

    A student at the Education Center at Cropper has accomplished something unique to earn his high school diploma.

    Marco Osorio Sapon used a new online learning tool called COMPASS to complete his final two years of high school in one.

    That was the highlight Thursday, when the Shelby County Board of Education met at Cropper and heard a report from Principal Steve Coleman about progress at the school, which accommodates students who are having difficulties in the classroom.

    “We have some really good things going on out here,” Coleman said.

  • Shelby County School Board: District to honor Teacher of the Year

    Shelby County Public Schools will announce its 2013 Teacher of the Year during a reception Tuesday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

    The ceremony will also honor the nominated teachers from each school in the district. They are:

    Jennifer Gilbert, Clear Creek Elementary

    Katrina Stapleton, Heritage Elementary

    Kim Crick, Painted Stone Elementary

    Katie Strange, Simpsonville Elementary

    Jamie Mezin, Southside Elementary

    Rachel Metzger, Wright Elementary

    Tracy Miller, East Middle

  • Shelby County School Board: Lofty new standards discussed

    The Shelby County School Board spent the bulk of the Thursday’s regular meeting in a work session discussing its goals for the 2013-14 school year and saw them presented in a new way.

    The staff put this year’s goals in the form of “if/then” statements, in an effort to present more clearly what needs to occur for the goals to be met.

  • Shelby County School Board: Goals workshop to shape 2013-14

    After reviewing the 2012-13 board goals and progress toward reaching them during its meeting March 14, the Shelby County Board of Education will look past the present and toward the future at Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices in Shelbyville.

    This week the board will hold a workshop at 1155 Main Street to discuss the options and plans for the 2013-14 board goals.

  • Shelby teams earn spots in Odyssey state event

    Shelby County will send 15 teams comprised of students from nine different schools to Northern Kentucky University on Saturday to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition.

    Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition in which teams of seven compete in a long-term performance, a spontaneous answer round and a style category.

  • Shelby County School Board: Growth will have district add teachers

    The budget changes made by Shelby County Public Schools in February won’t have nearly as much sting on staff as it appeared.

    Before the number of students was adjusted for growth, the district predicted changes to the student-teacher ratio would decrease the number of teachers in the district by 3.

    But because of the projected increase to 6,846 students next year, 140 more than this year, the district’s staff will continue to grow with its enrollment.

  • Shelby County School Board: Student growth, teacher allocation get first look

    At its meeting Feb. 14 the Shelby County Board of Education decided on budget cuts that could eliminate more than 25 positions.

    However, Superintendent James Neihof noted after the meeting that growth in the district could mean that the number of personnel lost would not be that high.

    At Thursday’s meeting the board will gets its first look at that projected student population, with a recommendation on school allocations and staffing guidelines from Director of Finance Greg Murphy.

  • School budget cuts: $2 million, 26 jobs

    The Shelby County School Board on Thursday approved almost $2 million in cuts for its 2013-14 budget that could result in the loss of 26 positions across the school district.

    Acting on recommendations from the its budget committee, the board approved about $2.2 million in cost reductions, but other adjustments left total savings in the general fund at almost $1.9 million.

  • MAP test scores: Mid-term trends are not-so-good

    The second round of MAP testing scores reviewed during Thursday’s meeting of the Shelby County School Board showed that student learning isn’t progressing as rapidly as district officials would expect them to be.

    The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test is given to students three times each year, to help teachers and administration gauge a students progress during the school year and throughout their education in the district. The first test of the year is given in the fall and the final exam will be administered in the spring.