• SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Student board representatives to be introduced


  • Diving into science

    Shelby County students sank their teeth into their schoolwork this week as fourth graders at both Wright and Clear Creek elementary schools dissected and examined the spiny dogfish shark.

    As sort of their own version of Shark Week, the dissection was preceded by art projects with shark themes, shark lessons and a day of external examinations.

    Wright Elementary science teacher Billy Betts said the external examination day gives students the chance to become more relaxed and comfortable with the shark before they cut into it the following day.

  • Are substitute teachers ready for classes?

    A violent scuffle between a substitute and a student at Collins last week has raised concerns regarding the experience and training required of substitutes.

    Last Thursday, substitute teacher Bryan Schildknecht attempted to shove a student in an aggressive manner following an alleged verbal altercation between the two.

    The district has remained tight-lipped regarding the situation, saying only that the matter is under investigation and that Schildknecht would no longer sub in the district.

  • Collins’ teacher, student altercation under investigation

    District officials are remaining quiet about a physical altercation that broke out in a classroom last week at Collins High School between substitute teacher Bryan Schildknecht and a student.

    Unconfirmed reports say the altercation began with a verbal exchange but district officials say what exactly led to Schildknecht lunging at, grabbing and shoving a student remains under investigation.

  • Shelby County Public School: District to dig deep into K-PREP scores

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get a full breakdown on the district’s Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress [K-PREP] scores at Thursday’s regular meeting, scheduled this week for the Shelby County Area Technology Center, 230 Rocket Lane in Shelbyville.

    The district received its scores last week and while the overall district score was Proficient, for the first time the district had two schools reach Distinguished scores.

  • Simpsonville, Collins earn district’s first Distinguished scores


  • SCPS budget shows several changes from earlier draft

    Susan Barkley, SCPS director of finance, shared with the board Thursday the working budget for the 2015-16 school year and the district is looking a bit unbalanced.

    “The working budget expenditures exceed the receipts by about five hundred thousand dollars,” Barkley said.

    She noted that a little more than $300,000 of the expenditures in the more than $64 million General Fund budget is a result of a carryover from the previous fiscal year’s budget.

  • Straight from the horse’s mouth

    Pumpkins patches, pizza baking and a talking horse don’t typically have much in common, but last week at Gallrein Farms, they all came together to make a unique and fun classroom setting.

    “It was really nice to have the class,” Sarah Flattery, a second grade teacher at Heritage Elementary said.  Flattery and her students along with three other second grade classes attended a field trip to Gallrein Farms on Thursday and this year, in addition to touring the farm, students were treated to a special agriculture program.

  • Big Picture Learning gives district an alternative to alternative education

    Shelby County Public Schools recognizes that not all students fit the same learning mold. So the district is considering the possibility of launching the state’s first Big Picture School.

    With nearly 100 schools around the globe participating, the program redesigns education in the United States.  With their innovative approach to learning, the program has a 92 percent graduation rate.

  • SCPS rolls out student computers

    Nearly every Shelby County Public Schools high student will be spending their weekend tinkering with a new Chromebook, thanks to the district’s commitment to pair every student with their own device by 2018.

    On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday students at both high schools piled into the halls and herded from station to station before finally picking up their Chromebook after much anticipation.

    Some stations took a bit longer than others to pass through but inevitably, all students left with smiles on their faces and devices under their arms.