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Education

  • 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.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Baseball facilities named for Shelby stars

     On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education voted on new names for two facilities in the district – one old and one new.  There was no debate but a lot of vocal support for recommendations for the Shelby County High School baseball stadium and field.

    Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of facilities and a member of the 1979 state championship baseball team, presented the recommendations of the Pollett-Bailey Stadium and the Phil Bell Field.

  • Teachers no longer required to earn master’s degree

    Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) voted last week in favor of a waiver that removes the requirement for teachers to obtain their master’s degree by their tenth year of service.

  • SCPS continues work on bus routes

     More than three weeks into the new school year, bus route changes remain a concern for some.

    Faced with a shortage of drivers, the district this summer worked to change their bus routes to have less door to door pick ups and more community bus stops.

    The change left many parents up in arms, angry about the long walks and dangerous stops their child suddenly faced.

  • Webb named to UK Board of Trustees

     The Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Shelbyville’s Rachel Webb to the Board of Trustees at the University of Kentucky, the governing group that provides oversight of the university.

    “First and foremost, we are held in trust to keep the university in good standing,” Webb said, noting under the title she will be expected to attend board meetings, as well as participate on committees.

    But Webb said the responsibility expands beyond that.

  • Bishop named Shelby’s Distinguished Young Woman

    After a temporary hiatus, Shelby County’s Distinguished Young Women competition is back and action and quickly regaining steam.

    This year, eight participants faced off in a competition that showcased their talents, minds and hearts.

    Arianna Dunn, Skyler McClusky, Paige Donovan, Kaitlin Bishop, Kayley Smith, Hannah Woods, Caitlin Chambers and Grace Wilkinson graced the stage with their skills.