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Education

  • Goodbye to her family

    Resource teacher Kathie Wrightson will miss teaching, but not just yet.

    Wrightson, a Shelby County High School resource teacher, will miss “her kids” and colleagues when she retires June 20 after 27 years teaching, 26 at SCHS.

    But retirement is a relative word.

    Wrightson works with gifted and talented students, an area that most people misunderstand, she said.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Ag teacher concerned about proposed changes

    During the public input portion of Thursday’s regular Shelby County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, board members heard from Shelby County High School agriculture instructor Kerwin Ewing and his concerns about some proposed changes to the Ag program.

    Ewing told board members he was against the recent proposal that would temporarily move the SCHS agriculture program at Shelby County to Collins during a two-year renovation project at Shelby County High School. Ewing said he is against the proposal even on a temporary basis as recommended by the Ag Committee.

  • Collins students earn $4.2 million in scvholarships

    As the 2018-2019 school year winds down, the celebrations are winding up. The Collins High School senior class got things rolling with the annual Senior Awards Night Thursday.

    Total reported scholarships for the Collins Class of 2019 climbed to $4,148,623, according to College and Career Coach Susanne Burkhardt.

    Principal Dr. Joseph Ellison lauded the students’ achievements for earning scholarships, grants and various awards.

  • Tentative Budget for 2019-2020 gets first review

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take the next step in budgeting process Thursday with the Tentative Budget at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, 7 p.m. at the district offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The board last reviewed the budget in January when the Draft Budget was approved.

    Early projections show a balanced budget with General Fund receipts at just more than $51 million, up .1 percent from 2018-19. Ad Valorem taxes make up nearly half of that amount at a projected $24.4 million, up 5.5 percent from the current budget.

  • SCPS to grow Ag Program

    Shelby County Public School students have enjoyed many educational updates over the years, from advanced robotic programs to personalized learning opportunities and an expanded Area Technology Center.

    But the educational update scheduled to begin next year also is likely to make a lot of Shelby County farmers very happy as they watch a long-time school program grow.

    The SCPS agriculture program will get a complete facelift, and according to Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Neihof, the timing is right.

  • Senior Awards nights kick off Thursday

    Shelby County and Collins high school seniors who are receiving college scholarships will be honored at upcoming awards ceremonies.

    The Collins High School Scholarship Award Night is first, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the school.

    Principal Dr. Joseph Ellison will facilitate the nearly two-hour event and many college representatives will be present to distribute individual scholarship awards.

    The event is primarily for students and their families that have received invitations to attend.

  • Shelby County High to get remodel, upgrades

    Shelby County High School is getting a facelift.

    Originally built in the 1950s and added on to several times, the most recent being in 1993, school Principal Margo Whisman told the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday the plan is expected to begin in January of 2020.

    Architects at K. Norman Berry and Associates at 815 W Market St. in Louisville will design the $25 million update. The company also designed the new Southside Elementary School.

  • Accreditation service update district's work

    Shelby County Public Schools District Assessment Coordinator Lisa Smith will share a report on the district’s accreditation with the Shelby County Board of Education at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the district’s office, 1155 West Main Street.

    Smith will share a summary report from AdvancED Accreditation Report. The district first received accreditation from AdvancED in 2014.

  • Scholarship started in Palmer's memory

    An annual scholarship fund has been set up in honor of a Shelby County High School baseball player who died earlier this year.

    The Angel on Third: Blake Palmer Scholarship Foundation was established in March in hopes of adding some light to an otherwise tragic situation.

  • Rocket Games Blast Off!

    Three hundred and fifty special needs students from seven school districts converged on the Shelby County High School football field Thursday for the 13th annual Shelby County Rocket Games.

    Students from Spencer, Oldham, Anderson, Owen, Franklin, Henry and Shelby counties smiled and celebrated and cheered one another on under partly cloudy skies.