• Neihof grades out at nearly 'excellent'

    On a scale of 0 to 4, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof was nearly "excellent."

    Neihof was given his annual review at the end of Thursday’s meeting, and the Board of Education members had very favorable things to say.

  • Top teacher almost dropped out

    Stephanie Schmidt nearly missed out on being named the Shelby County/ExCEL Teacher of the Year for 2009-10.

    Two years ago she left the school system to “decide where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to do next,” she said.

    But it wasn’t something new she was looking for. Instead, she said, it was something old and familiar.

  • New summer program focuses on reading

    Shelby County Public Schools is refocusing its early education summer school program.

    The new program, called Rocket Reading Academy, focuses on first- and third-grade students  and will continue an emphasis on year-around instruction for students struggling with staying on grade level in reading.

    The program will take advantage of the district's Reading Recovery teachers and some of the proven Reading Recovery methods.

  • Read this: Johnson top volunteer

    All of a sudden, David Johnson said he found himself without much to do.

    “I retired a little early from the Department of Corrections to help provide childcare for my grandchildren while my daughter went back to school,” he said. “When they went on to school, I found myself with some free time.”

  • SCHS to move to 7-period day

    Shelby County High School will be making another change to its schedule.

    The school’s Site-based Decision Making Council has voted to move to a 7-period day with two semesters for the 2010-2011 school year.

    The school had adopted a 5-period trimester schedule this year and had operated on a 4-period semester for a few years before that.

  • Cornerstone teacher named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

    Cornerstone Christian Academy teacher Bill Scheidt said he was “absolutely shocked” when he received the award on Wednesday.

    Scheidt was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, based on a nomination from CCA junior Joshua Tipton. He was one of only 16 teachers in Kentucky to earn the award.

  • Collins joins Shelby as AdvanceKentucky school

    On Tuesday Martha Layne Collins High School was tabbed as one of 16 new schools that will join the AdvanceKentucky program, which implements Advance Placement teacher training and incentive programs.

    AdvanceKentucky is funded by a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).

    "Being apart of the grant allows us to offer more AP classes to students and grow the program throughout the district," said Kerry Fannin, the district's assistant superintendent for student achievement.

  • Kidwell moves to Collins

    Gary Kidwell has held just about every position, climbing Shelby County’s public educational rungs like a ladder.

    And now he's moving again: Kidwell is leaving his role at the district's central office to be the Student Support Specialist and an assistant basketball coach at Collins High School.

  • Color by the numbers

    Jackson Pollack, Grandma Moses, Andy Warhol and Ben Bernanke?

    Combining art and economics isn’t an everyday occurrence.

    Unless you are a student at Southside Elementary.

    Third-grade teachers Amanda Dungan, Andrea Gohmann and Krista Armes designed a project that combined all those subjects and ends up as a benefit for the community.

  • School board hears presentation on how to save on utility costs

    Although it made no decision on the matter, the Shelby County Board of Education listened for an hour Thursday to a presentation from a company that proposes to save the school district more than $4 million in utility costs during the next 10 years.

    Glen Gaines with Energy Education told board members that his company is currently working with 150 school districts, including Anderson, Pulaski and Hardin counties.