If the state takes control of the Harrisburg School District, the people now running the district will lose much of their decision-making power.The state Education secretary petitioned the Dauphin County Court to appoint a receiver, who would essentially act as CEO in the district, wresting most decision-making power from current administrators and the elected school board.That includes sitting board members, as well as five winners of this year’s municipal primary who are poised to take seats on the board after the November general election. Here’s a look at the major players in the school district and how they could be affected if the district is placed in receivership:Contracted employees: Sybil Knight-Burney, superintendentSybil Kinght-Burney took over as Harrisburg schools’ superintendent in 2011, after a stint as acting superintendent. She stepped into a system with the lowest test scores in the state, a graduation rate lower than 50 percent and a district in … [Read more...] about Who are the major players in Harrisburg School District?
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From Bellevue Schools: Congratulations to Lisa Crubaugh, an art teacher at Bennett and Medina, who received the National Art Education Association Elementary Art Teacher of the Year award! This award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually at the National level within their division. NAEA President Kim Huyler Defibaugh stated, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Lisa Crubaugh exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars, and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession." NAEA is the professional association for art educators. Members include elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art educators; university and college professors; education directors who oversee education in our nation's … [Read more...] about Bellevue Teacher Named ‘Art Teacher of the Year’
A basketball coach from Bellevue Middle School was placed on administrative leave in the midst of an investigation into misconduct with students, according to a statement on Friday from the Shelby County School District. Parents, law enforcement and the Department of Child and Health Services were notified of the investigation. "SCS is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all SCS students, and will determine next steps based on the findings of the ongoing investigation," the statement read. … [Read more...] about Bellevue Middle school basketball coach placed on leave amid misconduct investigation
The Cheatham County School District released its first annual report at its inaugural State of the District breakfast Tuesday morning at Cheatham Middle School. More than 100 local law enforcement officers, elected officials, district partners and other community members filled the school’s multi-purpose room. Director of Schools Cathy Beck delivered the State of the District speech, reviewing the district’s five-year plan — which was approved last year — highlighting some of the district’s accomplishments and noting some of its goals moving forward. Five-year plan In its infancy stages, Beck and Cheatham County School District officials surveyed more than 700 who responded in the community. The data from the survey led to the implementation of five strands in the five-year plan, which is available to the public on the district’s website: Academic excellence Technology Facilities Partnerships and community engagement Human capital Academic … [Read more...] about Cheatham Schools hosts inaugural ‘State of the District’ breakfast
As maintenance crews continued to play HVAC whack-a-mole, fixing one heating system just as another broke down, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson was growing exponentially frustrated. Nine schools in total across the county had to close for either a full or partial day due to heating malfunctions on Wednesday. White Station High had to dismiss early again on Thursday. A handful of other schools had issues in parts of their building, but principals were able to move classes around. "It's frustrating because we know that when kids are not in school because of maintenance issues, that's lost instruction time," Hopson said. A week's worth of cold weather threw a wrench in several schools' lesson plans. But it also highlighted two messages Hopson has been pushing with increased steam for months: That the growing list of deferred maintenance projects coupled with insufficient capital funding threatens student learning in tangible ways, and that the … [Read more...] about Cold snap highlighted 2 big problems in Shelby County Schools