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Education

  • Just stop

    Social media has been abuzz this fall in light of recent school bus related tragedies across the nation.

    Last month there were six bus stop accidents in Indiana, Mississippi, Florida and Pennsylvania, resulting in the death of five children over the course of just three days.

  • Collins graduate earns LG&E KU scholarship

    LG&E and KU Energy announced last week the awarding of scholarships to ten students across the state. Among the selected winners was Shelbyville’s Grant Early.

    The award grants Early with $1,200 in financial assistance for up to four years, and is intended to be used toward tuition, books, fees, supplies and classroom equipment.

    Early, who is currently attending his first semester at Temple University where he is majoring in actuarial science and math, said he is honored to be selected for the scholarship.

  • Idle threats are real threats

     Two Kentucky school districts, including Shelby County, made national headlines last week after it was discovered a former student was planning a possible attack.

    Tragically, school-related violence continues to be on the rise.

    According to the Educator’s School Safety Network, there were at least 3,380 threats recorded in the 2017-18 school year, a 62 percent increase from 2,085 threats in the 2016-17 school year.

    And the current number incidents is even more alarming, with a 113 percent increase this past school year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - 2019-2020 calendar up for vote

    When the Shelby County Public Schools Board of Education meets Thursday, a decision will be made on the 2019-2020 calendar.

    Last month, Michael Clark, the district’s director of student services, presented an update on the calendar committee’s work and said parents, students, teachers and others involved with the district voted on two calendars that both included 175 days of instruction, four holidays, six professional development days, a starting date and a closing date.

  • Redistricting forums Monday and Tuesday

    Shelby County Public Schools has responded to the growing population with a much-needed new school, breaking ground in July on the Marnel C Moorman School off Discovery Boulevard, near Collins High School.

    The new school, which will serve students K-8, is set to open next fall, and to fill the seats at Marnel C Moorman, some rearranging is necessary.

  • Shelby County Public Schools - Redistricting work begins

    With a new school set to open next year, Shelby County Public Schools’ plans for redistricting are underway.

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education heard an update from Michael Clark, director of student services, who said in order to prepare for the opening of the new Marnel C. Moorman School, a redistricting committee will work to draft a plan to balance the percent capacity at each school.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Tax rate remains flat

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of maintaining a flat property tax rate for the year at 73.1 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    Susan Barkley, the district’s chief finance officer, led a presentation on the 2018-2019 tax levy and said the tentative budget, prepared in May, was based on the prior year’s tax rate, so there was no need to make changes to the budgetary process.

  • Student leaders attend Hype Conference

    Shelby County Public Schools sent teams from Shelby County and Collins high schools last month to a KHSAA sponsored Hype Conference, aimed at building leaders and strengthening bonds.

    With various breakout sessions and motivational speakers, student leaders learned the value of setting goals, team building and overcoming adversity.

    Courtney Miller, sponsor of the Hype Team with Sharon Purdom at Collins High School, said she took four student leaders.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Redistricting discussion to start

     When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes Thursday for the regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m., this week at Collins High School, 801 Discovery Blvd. in Shelbyville, Mike Clark, the district’s director of student services, will provide a report including a timeline and framework on the district’s plans for redistricting.

  • $7,000 grant awarded to Collins’ biomedical class

     Collins High School biomedical instructor Kristin Howell is bringing live research to her classroom with the integration of a unique subject.

    “I know it seems strange to have fish in a human biomedical science class,” she said with a laugh. 

    Howell was recently awarded a $7,000 grant by the Toshiba America Foundation in order to turn her classroom storage closet into a mini research lab, filled with zebrafish.