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Shelby County Public Schools Announces Plans for Graduation

(Shelbyville, Kentucky) Shelby County Public Schools is excited to announce information for the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. After meeting with class representatives and conducting a student survey, Shelby County High School and Martha Layne Collins High School will have personal, individual ceremonies, which will be scheduled Tuesday, May 26th - Friday, May 29th. At these ceremonies, one student at a time, and their guests will be present for a personalized ceremony. The principal at each school will be on hand so that the students can walk across the stage, hear their name called, and receive their diploma. Pictures will be taken by a professional photographer and we are working to provide families with a free and professional portrait. The grand premiere of the graduation will conclude in a virtual commencement on the original graduation date of Saturday, June 6th on our district’s YouTube page, SCPS website, and Facebook Page.

Lighting, sound, and the atmosphere of graduation will complete the personal graduation moments. The graduation stage at each school will be set and each senior will have the opportunity to participate in a graduation experience with up to five members of their immediate family. Graduates will be given a graduation appointment where they will walk down the aisle of the facility, walk across the graduation stage, pose for photos, receive their diploma, move their tassel, and toss their caps in the air!

Here are the event details:

  • Each graduate may invite up to five members of their immediate family. All must be at a designated spot by their appointment time to be able to participate. Please be on time. If someone is late, they will not be permitted to come into the building due to the health checks needed to ensure entry.

  • Per CDC guidelines, all graduates and their guests will be required to wear a face mask and will have their temperature checked and screening questions asked upon entry of the school. Anyone with a temperature of over 100 degrees will not be permitted to enter.

  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

  • Students will wear their cap and gown.

  • Professional photos will be taken of the students and will be available free for families.

  • Cords and stoles will be given to students when they pick up their caps and gowns. Stoles will be returned with guidance on the day of the ceremony.

  • A special guest speaker, class presidents, and class officers will record their usually scheduled speeches at each school at a time arranged.

  • Special awards (i.e. cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, valedictorian, and salutatorian, etc. will be acknowledged).

  • A virtual commencement ceremony will be posted on the SCPS website, YouTube, and Facebook page on June 6th for families to enjoy.

  • Celebrations of the class of 2020 will be planned for the Fall.

Appointment Details:

  • Six - Seven students per hour will be scheduled from Tuesday, May 26 - Friday, May 29.

  • You will receive communication from your school regarding cap and gown pick up and appointment times for personalized graduation.

  • Please contact principals at the schools if you have questions:

  • This plan was published on May 8, 2020, and is subject to change at any time due to public health concerns and guidance from local, state, or federal health officials.

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Shelby County Area Technology Application for 2020 - 2021

Shelby County Area Technology Center 2020-2021 Program Application Form

We are excited about your interest in the programs at the Shelby County Area Technology Center. You are welcome to complete a paper application that you might have received from your guidance counselor or you may complete this google form instead. Be sure that you complete either this form or the paper application for consideration for acceptance to the SCATC for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions, you're welcome to reach out to Ms. Greene, Associate Principal ( or 502-633-6554 extension 42172).

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Shelby County Area Technology Center Welcomes Russell Chaney

Shelby County Public Schools is dedicated to expanding workforce education in our community. Our Area Technology Center works closely with industry leaders to educate future workers in the classroom and in internships and co-ops in industrial maintenance, machine tool, welding, diesel mechanics, dentistry, nursing, and more.

We are pleased to welcome a new Machine Tool instructor for the Shelby County Area Technology Center. Mr. Russell Chaney comes to Shelby County with 33 years in the machine tool field both in education and on the shop floor. He completed vocational school in Somerset, Kentucky in 1987. He co-oped at Mt. Vernon Plastics while in school and took a job at B&H Tool Works in Richmond Kentucky - his first introduction to stamping dies. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he took a job with KCTCS in 2004 as a Machine Tool Instructor and became an Assistant Professor.

In 2013 he helped to open a program in Grayson County at their Technology Center. Mr. Chaney has experience with SKILLS USA. He has had regional and state winners and one student who went to the National Skills competition. To be closer to family he accepted a position with Hitachi Automotive in Harrodsburg, Kentucky as a Senior Technician in the corporate training department Regional Engineering and Skills Training Center where he taught mechanical and machining classes at the Harrodsburg, Berea, and Monroe, Georgia facilities.

Mr. Chaney plans to promote the Machine Tool Program at the SCATC by working with local industry to find placement opportunities for his students. “ I want to make sure they leave with the necessary machining and soft skills that are necessary for them to succeed in the present work environment. I will also encourage them to go on and complete additional training because technology is changing at a fast rate and I want them to keep abreast of these changes to have a successful career.”

Mr. Chaney plans to put together an advisory committee made up of local industry representatives that will evaluate the lab projects that his students will do. “I want to make sure I am giving the students the skill sets necessary for them to compete and be successful after they leave my program and continue on their educational and career paths.”

Mr. Chaney is an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator Extra Class (KN4OHD). He is a member of the WRARC (Wilderness Road Area Radio Club, where he serves as a Volunteer Exam Coordinator. He enjoys woodworking and bike riding. His longest ride to date was going to Missouri and riding the KATY Trail, a 237 mile converted rail-trail reading from west to east in the state.

As empty-nesters, Mr. Chaney and his wife Mysti keep busy with their three German Short Haired Pointers. They have three children Dedrie, Matthew and Robbie, and three grandchildren.

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Big Picture Learning Academy Applications are Online!

BIG Picture Learning Academy is a personalized learning pathway designed around a student’s passion through real-world learning experiences. Students work with their advisor and content teachers to create a personalized-learning pathway made up of project-based, online, direct instruction, and/or a combination of all three. Students participate in an internship two days a week and create a project, through the Design Thinking Process, during their Internship that encompasses Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards through their internship experience. Students share their learning and Internship experience(s) through a 30-minute exhibition at the end of each semester.

*Students are associated with their home school and are permitted to participate in extracurricular activities and athletics through their home school.

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