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Education

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Enrollment on the rise

    Shelby County school board members heard an update on the enrollment numbers when they convened for the regularly scheduled meeting Thursday at the Blair Center at Southside Elementary.

    “Enrollment is up from the beginning of last year,” Superintendent James Neihof said, noting they have a somewhat firm number at this point to determine staffing allocations. “This year we are working with Wright and Collins to make some adjustments.”

  • 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.