• Shelby County School Board: Board to take last look at 2013-14 budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education will put together the final budget for the 2013-14 school year during Thursday’s regular board meeting at 7 p.m. at the district’s offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

    After voting in August to maintain the personal property and real estate tax rate at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value, the board will look to approve the final numbers in its working budget.

    By maintaining the same rate as last year, district officials estimate that general fund will be reduced by nearly $741,000.

  • Martha Layne Collins visits Martha Layne Collins

    In a darkened auditorium Wednesday at Collins High School, former Gov. Martha Layne Collins sat down with Shelby County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan for a question-and-answer session to help enlighten the school’s senior class.

    The assembly – which was handled in a style akin to the classic Inside the Actors Studio – featured Collins informally answering questions from Allan as the students provided a backdrop of laughs and clapping.

  • Shelby County School Board: SCPS may not be ready to get students ready

    Kerry Fannin, director of secondary schools, presented a past, present and future of College and Career Readiness to the Shelby County Board of Education during Thursday’s meeting at Painted Stone Elementary.

    The presentation was designed as a prep for the board on what the Strategic Leadership Committee will be tackling and for how the district can prepare to reach its BIG Goal of having all students graduate College and Career Ready by 2016.

  • Shelby County School Board: How ready are students for college, careers?

    The Shelby County Board of Education will take a look at its past, present and future Career Readiness.

    Kerry Fannin, who has returned to the district as director of secondary schools, will have a report on the topic for the board at its meeting Thursday at Painted Stone Elementary School, 150 Warriors Way in Shelbyville.

  • Shelby County School Board: Vote is official, tax rate is flat

    The Shelby County Board of Education on Thursday took an action that it hasn’t taken in years, voting unanimously to keep the district’s personal property and real estate taxes at 71.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    By maintaining the same rate as last year, the district officials estimate that general fund will take a revenue decrease of more than $740,000, but Superintendent James Neihof said the district could withstand that this year.

  • Neihof wants to reshape school district’s vision

    Shelby County Public Schools is preparing to change the face of learning in the county.

    By February, Superintendent James Neihof said he hopes to have a recommendation in place to alter the vision of the school district and the board for the next five years.

    In a report during Thursday’s school board meeting, Neihof announced his plans for a Strategic Leadership Committee. The committee will be comprised of about 40 teachers, 15 administrators, 10 parents, six students and two board members.

  • Beshear: Grant puts state on ‘leading edge’

    Gov. Steve Beshear joined other state and local leaders Monday morning at Simpsonville Elementary School to congratulate the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative on being awarded a $41 million federal grant.

    Twenty-two school districts – 16 with GRREC and six with OVEC, including Shelby County – will use the grant for a collaborative effort called kid-FRIENDLy (Kids Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged and Determined to Learn), which is already being instituted.

  • No tax increase planned for Shelby County schools

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof, who two weeks ago proposed a half-cent increase in property taxes for schools, on Thursday will present the Shelby County School Board with an unprecedented recommendation: no increase.

    “No one was more disappointed than me when that compensation rate came back from the state with an increase in the tax rate,” he said of the state-set, .5-cent increase. “The board clearly wanted to do everything it could to not raise taxes this year, no one wanted to see that rate come back higher.”

  • Superintendent will ask for .5-cent increase

    The Shelby County School Board next week will be asked to approve a half-cent, compensatory increase in property taxes.

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof gave the board a preview of the levy he plans to request at the next meeting, at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the district offices, 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.

  • Weather, trains a hiccup on smooth first day of school

    An uncharacteristically dense fog greeted students and parents Wednesday morning for the first day of classes at Shelby County Public Schools.

    Although the thick soup caused some minor delays, the first day otherwise went off without a hitch.