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Education

  • Town hall talk on pensions

     Across the state, those who dedicate their lives to serving our communities are facing the challenge of an uncertain future with their retirement plans.

    The PFM Consulting Group, which was hired by the state, offered recommendations last month for Kentucky's pension systems that could save the state more than $1 billion a year.

    However, those recommendations have left many concerned, including members of the Shelby County Education Association.

  • Officers more involved at schools

     Parents encountered a bit of a delay Friday picking up students at West Middle School where a student was taken into police custody after a behavioral incident in a classroom.  While the matter was handled quickly and involved no threat to the general student body, parents were instantly on high alert at the sight of emergency vehicles blocking the car rider lane.  And in light of recent school-related tragedies, that response was justified.

    But that is a reaction the district is looking to eradicate in Shelby County.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Tensions high regarding SB-1

     Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof kicked off Thursday’s school board meeting with a discussion regarding Senate Bill 1.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board approves JCTC Campus startup funds

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education voted to provide $200,000 for startup funds for the JCTC campus.

    The district recently acquired the building and property and said the funds are necessary to accommodate the students that will utilize the facility.

    The funds cover necessary changes to the fire alarm and burglar alarms, locks, security cameras and HVAC controls. It also covers Wi-Fi upgrades, instructional technology equipment and funds for contingencies for any unforeseen needs such as furnishings, signage and flooring repairs.

  • Updated immunization requirements

     Along with shopping for new clothes and school supplies, a trip to your pediatrician should also be included on your child’s back to school to-do list.

    Kentucky recently passed new regulations requiring additional vaccinations for students. Effective July 1, the law now requires students receive a vaccination for hepatitis A and a second round of the Meningococcal vaccine.

    The recent hepatitis A outbreak is now considered the worst in the nation, with more than 960 confirmed cases in the state.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board to consider JCTC Campus startup funds

     When board members convene for the regularly scheduled Shelby County Board of Education meeting Thursday, they will consider approval for startup funds for the Jefferson Community and Technical College campus.

    The board announced in May its intention to purchase the Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus, and it was recently finalized giving SCPS the building along with 60 acres of land.

    Both institutions agreed the change of hands would strengthen the impact on the educational and workforce community.

  • SCPS finalizes purchase of JCTCS campus

    Shelby County Public Schools announced in May their intent to purchase the Jefferson Community & Technical College Shelby Campus.  The sale of the campus was recently finalized giving SCPS the building along with 60 acres of land.

    The college said the agreement is a result of years of work to strengthen their impact on the educational and workforce community.

  • Odyssey sees six Shelby teams compete at World Finals

     The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals each year brings together teams from around the world to face off in a creative problem-solving competition.

  • Don’t stop the learning

     With a ten-week break ahead, students are eager to get their summer vacation started.  But officials with Shelby County Public Schools know the break isn’t always fun and games.  The gap in classroom time can create some major learning hurdles.

    “One of the things that we always are concerned about in summer is summer loss,” said Susan Dugle, SCPS chief academic officer, noting when kids are not engaged in reading, math activities or even discourse with one another, they can suffer from a learning loss.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board approves balanced Tentative Budget

    Despite facing some hurdles in the Draft Budget, Shelby County Public Schools’ Director of Finance Susan Barkley said the Tentative Budget is balanced.

    Barkley said during the first phase of the budgeting process they had a deficiency of revenues over expenditures of about $326,000.

    “For that phase we did have a slight deficiency,” she said, explaining that there was little solid information at that point. In addition, Barkley noted the cuts at the state level were not as drastic as what they had expected.