• 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.

  • SCPS schools: Not all roads take students to school

    There is sure to be a lot of yawning, stretching and blurry eyes this morning as students roll into school for the first day of the 2013-14 school year at Shelby County Public Schools.

    And it’s inevitable that some buses will be early and some late as the drivers and those students they pick up adjust to the routes.

    But how are those routes set? How do the buses know what roads to take, where to turn and how early to leave?

  • School’s in on Wednesday

    With the start of school coming up on Wednesday, teachers, students and parents are gearing up for the 2013-14 school year.

    And, according to the National Retail Federation, that means about $26.7 billion will be pumped into the economy for school supplies, new clothes and electronics. Including those going to college that works out to about $634 per shopper on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics.

  • SCPS to launch new teacher evaluations

    As the school year gets under way, students won’t be the only ones facing new standards from new teachers.

    The Kentucky Department of Education is requiring school districts across the commonwealth to have one tenth of their schools start using the new Next Generation Teacher Standards. This pilot program started last year with volunteer schools and will include every school district this year.

  • Shelby County schools' ACT scores take a hit

    Shelby County Public Schools didn’t make progress among its juniors last year toward the goal of having all students college and career ready, a trend administrators say requires a new approach.

    Juniors for 2012-13 didn’t perform as well the previous class had on the ACT, although the district’s composite score was flat from 2011-12.

    That composite of 18.8 also left students performing well below the ACT- and state-set benchmarks that predict success in college, members of the Shelby County School Board heard Thursday.

  • Shelby County School Board: State to release junior ACT scores

    The Shelby County Board of Education will review the ACT scores for its 2012-13 juniors during Thursday’s regular meeting, at 7 p.m. at district’s offices, 1133 Main Street.

    The state of Kentucky requires all high school juniors to take the ACT in the spring.

    Last year’s results were a mix for the district. Although the schools continued to show solid improvements, the scores still trailed ACT and state benchmarks that predict success in college.