• Excelling classes

    From the outside, Northside Early Childhood appears similar to any other preschool, but inside you’ll find not one but three Classrooms of Excellence– an honor bestowed to high quality state-funded preschool classrooms.

    To earn the accolade, teachers must endure a rigorous and lengthy application process that includes self-evaluations, interviews, recommendations, walkthroughs, and a 14-page rubric to ensure required standards are met.

  • Owning their environment

    With a couch, colorful string lights, palm trees on the wall and even a ball pit, Erika Darin’s class seems more like a lounge than a classroom.  But her students don’t treat the class like a play place. 

    The students in Darin’s second grade class at Simpsonville Elementary are on task and concentrating on their work. 

    As you look around the room, you see focused students learning in a way that works best for each of them.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board to review draft budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get a taste of what’s to come Thursday when it hears a brief overview of district’s draft budget – the first step of three when preparing the district’s annual budget.

    Shelby County Public Schools’ Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said the state requires each district present a draft, or preliminary, budget to their boards by January 31.

    “It doesn’t require action from the board,” Allan said. “It’s just a presentation.”

  • The learning hub

    Earlier this month Shelby County Public Schools introduced the second phase of its 1:1 digital conversion, a goal aimed at putting a digital device into the hands of every student in the Shelby County Public School system, by distributing Chromebook laptops to every student on the middle school level. This followed a distribution to high school students at the beginning of thie 2015-16 school year.

    Within the next two years the district plans to deploy devices to students on the elementary level, as well.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – New policies, schedules, legislation

    The Shelby County Board of Education addressed numerous matters Thursday evening, including the new act signed into legislation last month by President Barack Obama that replaces the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    With the new act in place, the state needs to review their standards in order to comply.

    “A legislator is discussing a major change in public education,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Senate Bill 1...is now obsolete.”

  • District advances toward 1:1 digital conversion


    With the district’s second Chromebook deployment event wrapped up, nearly early every middle and high school student in the county is now equipped with a digital device to aid in their education.

    “It was awesome.  It went really well,” said Ryan Allan, public relations coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools. “Things went smoothly. I heard a lot of positive comments.  I heard no negative comments.  It was really good.”

  • A VEX-ing competition

    With one team taking home top honors at the first competition hosted at its own school, the Collins VEX robotics team made the Titans proud Saturday.

    VEX coach Tim Oltman looked around during the event and expressed his pleasure with the turnout.

    “We have thirty-five teams here from all over the state; they have three to eight members each. This is great for our first tournament ever,” he said.



    The Shelby County Board of Education will hear the first Strategic Leadership Plan update of the new year when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Office, 1155 West Main Street.

    Eddie Oakley, SCPS chief operations operator, and Lisa Smith, SCPS deputy superintendent/chief academic officer, will present an update on all five strands of the plan, SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said.

    “It will include a look back at the first half of our year and a view of our goals for the second half,” he said.


  • Shelby native selected to Kentucky Board of Education

    Shelby County native Susan Edington, has been selected to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education. 

    Former Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Edington to represent the First Supreme District. 

    Edington said she’s elated for the opportunity to have a voice for the 21 school districts in Western Kentucky that her appointment will encompass.

    She said her experience in the field of education gives her good footing for the role.

  • The Community’s kind kids

    Plop your little one on ole Saint Nick’s lap and you’re sure to hear a list of Christmas demands.  “I want a Barbie,” or “I want some Legos,” they’ll say.

    But many children in Shelby County still know that the season is not just about a pile of gifts under the tree.  In fact, students countywide have proven that they are just as eager to give as they are to receive this holiday.