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Education

  • Former school board member continues work in education

     The power of art is spreading to Shelby County thanks to the regional nonprofit Fund for the Arts and their support of Imagine Greater Louisville 2020, along with one Shelby resident and his dedication toward supporting education.

    Doug Butler, former Shelby County School Board Chairman and member of the Imagine 2020 Education Subcommittee, said the idea behind the plan is to provide art opportunities to students across the region and he’s excited to the plan take hold in Shelby County.

  • Collins Culinary team earns region title

     The Shelby County High School Culinary Arts Team has once again snagged the FCCLA regional title and will advance to state next month.

    Their win marks the third year as Region 6 title holders and their teacher and coach Erica Roberts is hoping for a second state win in a row.

    Comprised of all first year team members, the team of juniors Isaac Holland and Skyler McClusky along with senior Bianca Saucedo, has worked hard to get to this point, Roberts said.

  • Southside students raise money for charities

    Southside Elementary School hosted its annual art night Thursday, raising more than $2,000 for local, state and national charities.

    Art teacher Michelle Thomas said a total of about 450 students participated, each grade level creating a different heart themed project for the “For the Love of Art” show.

    Each grade level also selected a charity to support.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board approves unmet needs

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education reviewed the district’s unmet needs for 2018.

    Some of the requested items include:

  • Board reviews budget committee recommendations

    The Shelby County Board of Education took on the task of meeting new budget requirements and a slight budget deficit with recommendations from the board’s budget committee during Thursday’s meeting at East Middle School.

    “The 2018-19 Budget Committee was tasked with several objectives, one to recommend initiatives necessary to maintain progress with our strategic plan, to recommend ways to fund new initiatives and to recommend reductions to existing budget items which were no longer effective,” Susan Barkley, director of finance told the board.

  • SCHS’ Bentley named Teacher of the Year

     After nearly three decades in the classroom, Eva Bentley said Thursday night’s honor was the pinnacle of her career.

    “It was a good feeling to be appreciated,” Bentley said of the honor of being named Shelby County Public School’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. “I was pretty surprised.”

    In a video dedication Margo Whisman, principal at Shelby County High School, shared why her teacher was highly deserving of the honor.

  • Shelby County Public Schools - Proposed bills and their impact on school funding

     Several bills are in the works that could impact the state’s public education funding.

    Last month, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin presented his budget proposal for the next two years.

    His proposal included fully funding state pensions alongside cuts to state agencies and the removal of various programs.

    While these cuts have been a major concern for public school districts across the commonwealth, several bills have been introduced to the house that could put money back into those districts’ pockets.

  • Shelby County School Board - Board approves Draft Budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday reviewed a draft budget that, according to the district’s Director of Finance Susan Barkley, would not balance without some changes.

    Decreases from SEEK [Support Education Excellence in Kentucky] funding and required CERS [County Employees Retirement System] payments contribute to an unbalance, tilting the budget into the red at just more than $300,000 of nearly $50.4 million in expenses compared to a little more than $50 million in expected revenue. 

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board voices condolences for Marshall County

    Shelby County’s board of education meeting Thursday opened with a moment of silence in honor of the Marshall County School district.

    Tragedy hit their county last week when a student opened fire on his classmates, killing two and injuring more than a dozen others.

    “I can’t imagine what they are going through,” board member Brenda Jackson said.

    Board members agreed they would like to express their condolences to the district.

  • Bus collision results in no serious injuries

    It wasn’t the ideal way to wrap up the last day of school before the holiday break for 32 students traveling home Tuesday afternoon.

    Traveling along Scott Pike in Waddy, Heritage bus No. 1763 collided with a UPS truck when the two met at in a tight curve in the road.

    With the safety of children at stake, emergency responders from across the county rushed to the scene.

    Crewmembers were relieved to arrive to a situation with no serious injuries.  However, some students were overtaken by the shock of the overwhelming scene.