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Education

  • Saarinen named a National Merit finalist

    Being accepted to the Gatton Academy for Math and Science at Western Kentucky University after his sophomore year at Shelby County High School would be a highlight for Sam Saarinen’s young academic career.

    But now as a senior, Saarinen, the son of Tim and Anne Saarinen, is in the middle of one of the most impressive runs Shelby County has seen.

  • Shelby County School Board: Budget recommendations get 1st look

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday will get its first chance to make changes and begin the process of trying to balance the 2013-14 budget by hearing recommendations from budget committee. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane.

    At its meeting on Jan. 24, the board was presented an unbalanced draft budget, a big departure from normal practice, with the promise of budget recommendations this month.

  • Shelby County School Board: Early budget review shows general shortfall

    The Shelby County Board of Education took its first look at the projected 2013-14 draft budget during Thursday’s meeting at the district’s offices.

    “The objective is to do a preliminary review – it doesn’t need an approval – of the outlook for next year’s, the 2013-14, budget,” said Greg Murphy, director of finance. “We will continue to update you as we gain more data.”

  • Shelby County School Board: First budget viewed won’t be balanced

    The district’s school board members are in for a bit of a shock when they take their first look at the district’s 2013-14 draft budget during Thursday’s meeting.

    Superintendent James Neihof told the board on Jan. 10 that the draft budget would be unbalanced.

    “I want you to see the expenses and receipts as they are before we show you the cuts that our budget committee has been working on,” he said then. They will at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

  • SCHS locks down and impresses first responders

    As police in Taft, Calif., sort through the details of yet another school shooting on Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools continued its district-wide practice of lock-down protocol.

    Shelby County High School had law enforcement, medical and emergency services out to the school to help conduct a full lock-down drill, and Principal Eddie Oakley and the school’s visitors said they were pleased with what they saw.

  • Massie wants to eliminate gun-free school zones

    Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s opening bill since taking the District 4 seat – to repeal the prohibition on guns on school campuses – has gained some attention but not necessarily support from the leaders of the institutions his bill purports to support.

    When the U.S. House and Senate convened last week to begin the 2013 session, a flurry of bills were filed in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and President Barack Obama’s mandate for tougher gun control restrictions.

  • Shelby student is playing with his future

    When Seth England took off for Eastern Kentucky University in 2011, he already had set his sights on a degree in computer science with a focus on programming, but at that time he couldn’t have known he would-be designing a game in Redmond, Wash., a year later.

    A 4.0 student at Shelby County High School and in that first year at EKU, England decided to apply for admittance to DigiPen Institute of Technology, a prestigious school focused on computer science, engineering and art, with an emphasis on creating video games.

  • How schools are protecting our students

    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday in which left 26 dead, including 20 students, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof was quick to let parents know that SCPS has been and is continuing to do it all it can to keep students safe.

    “We sent an E-mail to parents last night [Sunday] and to staff,” he said. “We also put a statement on our Web site.”

  • 2 former Shelby dropouts complete diplomas

    Devon Hickey and Analley Grave, who once left school without graduating, received their high school diplomas in a brief but touching ceremony held before the school board meeting Thursday night

    The graduates made a short “walk” to the front of the room, to the music of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and received their diplomas from Superintendent James Neihof, accompanied by their principals, Eddie Oakley of Shelby County High School and John Leeper of Collins.

  • Shelby County School Board: New calendar is approved, school will be out May 30

    It’s official; the Shelby County Board of Education approved a recommendation to move the last day of school back one week to May 30.

    After an unusually harsh winter caused forced the district to take 13 snow days, the end of the school year had been pushed back to June 6, instead of the originally scheduled May 21.

    But adding only six days back to the original school calendar still gives the district plenty of time to meet the state’s educational requirements.