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Superintendent Neihof

Doctor James Neihof has worked in Shelby County for thirteen years. He has served as an instructor, building administrator, District administrator, and currently as our Superintendent. The son of educators and husband of an educator, Dr. Neihof has dedicated his life to public education.


Neihof started his educational career in Nelson County as a high school technology teacher. He holds degrees from Morehead State University, the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, and Northern Kentucky University. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in 2015.


His leadership of our District has seen a continuation of the heritage that has made Shelby County a leader within the state, while bringing a new age of innovation to the teaching and learning here. A few of the more notable accomplishments occurring during his term include:


* The creation of the Strategic Leadership Team.


* The SLT created the Strategic Leadership Plan - the long-term

roadmap for all teaching and learning in Shelby County.


* The implementation of a digital conversion, which will put a device in

the hands of every student in the District.


* The rededicated focus of our organizational mission and vision.


* The establishment of Thinking Strategies as the primary content

delivery method for all schools


* The hosting of 6 Thinking Strategies Institutes which uses our lab classrooms to inform best practices to other educators around the region


* The construction of Martha Layne Collins High School and Northside

Early Education Center


* The reconstruction of Southside Elementary and addition of the Blair



* District-wide AdvancEd Accreditation


* District-wide Proficiency status as determined by state accountability



* Two schools designated as Distinguished


* "High Progression" distinction at two elementary schools and one high



*A four-year span of balanced budgets which resulted in a “No

increase” recommendation of local taxes


* The addition of Health Infomatics, Infomatics, and Aeronautics career



* Project Lead The Way certified programs at both high schools

(engineering and biomedical sciences)


* District-wide Energy Star status


* Participant (1 of 22 school districts) in the Kid Friendly Personalized

Learning Grant - the largest Race To The Top Grant Awarded $41



* Two students have scored perfect 36 on ACT


* Two 8th graders have scored perfect 25 on EXPLORE


* Annual acceptance of at least one student into the Gatton Academy


* Continued growth in students accepted into the Governor's Scholars

Program, the Governor's School for the Arts, and the Governor's

School for Entrepreneurs


* National Merit Scholars: 3 semi-finalists


* Continued growth in number of students taking Advanced Placement



* Elementary school recognized as an Exemplar Response to

Intervention (RtI) School


* Agriculture Program recognized in the top 10% academically in the



* Accelerated Academy program begun at both high schools


* Creation of Parent Academies offered each year


* Added robotics PLTW program to both middle schools


Neihof's Notes