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My Word

  • MY WORD: Sobering campaign has important point

    Many of you may have noticed the recent media blitz sponsored by nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide aimed at impaired driving known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

    This campaign, which officially kicked off on Aug. 19, continues through this Labor Day.

    The statistics demonstrating the need for this type of campaign are not very difficult to locate.

    While data shows that alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities across the country have declined by almost 8 percent in the last year, the numbers are still extremely high.

  • MY WORD: Collins High School is a study in mediocrity

    As one drives onto the boulevard leading to the Collins High School campus, all seems well.
    A short while later, the observant person notices large quantities of grass clippings all over the road. Weeds and grass are growing in the cracks of the asphalt and concrete, which in the present state will do irreparable harm to both if not corrected quickly.
    The lack of maintenance will allow the weeds to punch holes in the side of the asphalt and therefore create another outlandish expense for the school. The flower beds all around the school are consumed with weeds.

  • NEIHOF: Getting Shelby’s students ready for college/career really a ‘big goal’

    The mission of our school district is reflected in our ultimate Big Goal – graduate by 2016 all students meeting college and career readiness benchmarks. I would like those in the community to be able to discuss the goals with students, friends, family and neighbors.

    But I also hope that understanding the goals helps you to gain insight into the purpose of our work in Shelby County Public Schools this school year.

  • MY WORD: Moores, Pflughaupts deserve our admiration and thanks

    It was my pleasure and honor to work with Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Moore as the chairman of the O. L. Moore Memorial Scholarship Committee for the last 19 years of its 25-year existence.  It was one of the most rewarding experiences in which I participated in my 43 years of educational work.

  • MY WORD: New assistant principal followed his heart to Shelby County

    Law school’s loss is East Middle School’s gain. Because Myron Montgomery decided to become a teacher and not a corporate attorney, the Missiles now have a new assistant principal who said, “I knew this was something I wanted to do for a long time....This is an industry where everyone is invested in improvement of the product, and our product is a kid that we want to be successful.”

  • My WORD: Saddlebred group clarifies position about rift with some members

    The Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association would like to respond to the article (“Saddlebred group has a bumpy ride,” July 27), which pertains to current litigation pending between the ASHA and a small group who refer to themselves as “concerned members” of the ASHA. We are a volunteer group of passionate and dedicated horsemen and women elected by our members to provide leadership and governance.

  • NEIHOF: The whole story about the Collins turf problem

    Despite comments published in recent weeks in The Sentinel-News, Shelby County Public Schools wants the public to know it does not enter into construction contracts without close scrutiny of reputations and references. It does not accept work that is not up to expectations. It does not absorb the financial burden if a problem comes up. It does not put students and staff in an unsafe environment. 

  • MY WORD: The shooting of Gen. Denhardt is one of Shelby's biggest stories

    Henry H. Denhardt, a former adjutant general and a lieutenant governor of Kentucky, was charged in 1936 for the murder of his girlfriend, Verna Garr Taylor of Henry County.

    A trial took place in Henry County on April 20, 1937. More than 1,000 people gathered for the trial, with entertainment and refreshments being offered on the courthouse lawn.

    It ended in a hung jury, and a retrial was scheduled on Sept. 21, 1937.

  • MY WORD: This wallflower blooms rather than withers

    Beth Newton has vivid memories of her school days...memories that are nightmares starting with the eighth grade. “I didn’t do any work. I didn’t care....My family didn’t care, so why should I care?”

    Moving to Louisville intensified the situation. “I didn’t know any of the subjects and felt stupid,” she said. “So I would check in first block and then leave. They never noticed I wasn’t there the rest of the day.”

  • NEIHOF: Success stories in teaching students to read

    Why spend $160,000 on summer school? Is it worth that much money? Yes.

    However, if you don’t believe me, ask Kara or Dakota.

    These elementary children attended the 4-week session last summer and have reaped the benefit this school year as a second-grader and fourth-grader, respectively.

    What benefit? The ability to read.