Doctor James Neihof has worked in Shelby County for sixteen 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 Plan - the long-term roadmap for all teaching and learning in Shelby County.
* The implementation of a digital conversion, which 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 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
* The construction additions to the Area Technology Center and the Blair Center
* District-wide AdvancEd Accreditation
* District-wide Proficiency status as determined by state accountability measures
* Two schools designated as Distinguished
* "High Progression" distinction at two elementary schools and one high school
* 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 pathways
* Project Lead The Way certified programs at both high schools (engineering and biomedical sciences)
* Added robotics PLTW program to both middle schools
* District-wide Energy Star status
* Participant in the Kid Friendly Personalized Learning Grant - the largest Race To The Top Grant Awarded $41 million
* 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
* Continued growth in number of students taking Advanced Placement exams
* Elementary school recognized as an Exemplar Response to Intervention (RtI) School
* Agriculture Program recognized in the top 10% academically in the state
* Lead the creation of personalized, 3PT, and Accelerated Academies at every school
* Creation of Parent Academies offered each year
* The addition of a Big Picture Learning Academy as a school choice
* The creation of the state's first District Workforce Development Liaison
* Instrumental in earning a $3 million grant for Workforce Development
* Created one-of-a-kind Dual Enrollment partnership with local college