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Education

  • Southside students raise money for charities

    Southside Elementary School hosted its annual art night Thursday, raising more than $2,000 for local, state and national charities.

    Art teacher Michelle Thomas said a total of about 450 students participated, each grade level creating a different heart themed project for the “For the Love of Art” show.

    Each grade level also selected a charity to support.

  • Board reviews budget committee recommendations

    The Shelby County Board of Education took on the task of meeting new budget requirements and a slight budget deficit with recommendations from the board’s budget committee during Thursday’s meeting at East Middle School.

    “The 2018-19 Budget Committee was tasked with several objectives, one to recommend initiatives necessary to maintain progress with our strategic plan, to recommend ways to fund new initiatives and to recommend reductions to existing budget items which were no longer effective,” Susan Barkley, director of finance told the board.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board approves unmet needs

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education reviewed the district’s unmet needs for 2018.

    Some of the requested items include:

  • Shelby County Public Schools - Proposed bills and their impact on school funding

     Several bills are in the works that could impact the state’s public education funding.

    Last month, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin presented his budget proposal for the next two years.

    His proposal included fully funding state pensions alongside cuts to state agencies and the removal of various programs.

    While these cuts have been a major concern for public school districts across the commonwealth, several bills have been introduced to the house that could put money back into those districts’ pockets.

  • SCHS’ Bentley named Teacher of the Year

     After nearly three decades in the classroom, Eva Bentley said Thursday night’s honor was the pinnacle of her career.

    “It was a good feeling to be appreciated,” Bentley said of the honor of being named Shelby County Public School’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. “I was pretty surprised.”

    In a video dedication Margo Whisman, principal at Shelby County High School, shared why her teacher was highly deserving of the honor.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Board voices condolences for Marshall County

    Shelby County’s board of education meeting Thursday opened with a moment of silence in honor of the Marshall County School district.

    Tragedy hit their county last week when a student opened fire on his classmates, killing two and injuring more than a dozen others.

    “I can’t imagine what they are going through,” board member Brenda Jackson said.

    Board members agreed they would like to express their condolences to the district.

  • Shelby County School Board - Board approves Draft Budget

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday reviewed a draft budget that, according to the district’s Director of Finance Susan Barkley, would not balance without some changes.

    Decreases from SEEK [Support Education Excellence in Kentucky] funding and required CERS [County Employees Retirement System] payments contribute to an unbalance, tilting the budget into the red at just more than $300,000 of nearly $50.4 million in expenses compared to a little more than $50 million in expected revenue. 

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Middle school baseball, softball up for vote

    Shelby County’s middle school students are ready to tackle the diamond as the district looks to establish middle school baseball and softball teams for the spring season.

    “We have it on the agenda for the board to consider Thursday night,” said Mike Clark, director of student services. “Our process will be to have one softball team and one baseball team for the district. Then we will establish teams at each middle school [as] our programs grow to where it’s practical to do so.”

  • Kids embracing SnoGo

     Kids across many states this week have been treated to an extended winter break.  But inclement weather and closed school doors haven’t slowed the learning at Shelby County Public Schools.

    Thanks to SnoGo, the district’s non-traditional instruction program, students across the district have faced little educational interruption.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to vote on 2018-19 calendar

    The Shelby County Board of Education will have the final vote on the 2018-19 school year calendar when it convenes Thursday for its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street, Shelbyville.

    Last month, Mike Clark, the district’s director of student services, presented two calendar options to the board for their vote.

    While the board will consider just two options, Clark said the process of narrowing down the options was a diligent process that spanned across four calendar committee meetings.