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Tennessee Scholarship Program Provides Opportunity for Maury County Student

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Nobody in Johnny Miranda’s family had ever attended college. But as he and his sister grew up in Maury County Public Schools, their parents were determined to help them reverse the trend. Johnny’s sister made the leap to higher education. And now, thanks to a boost from Tennessee Promise, a first-of-its-kind scholarship program available to Tennessee …

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Maury County Principal Named Finalist for Tennessee Principal of the Year

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

On Thursday, September 1 Education Commissioner Candice McQueen named Dr. Tina Weatherford, Principal of Joseph Brown Elementary, a finalist for the Tennessee Principal of the Year award. This is an annual award given to a school principal  who has shown outstanding service, exceptional leadership, drives overall improvements in their school and has a track record of exceptional gains in student …

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Students take hands on tour of GM

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

By MIKE CHRISTEN mchristen@c-dh.net SPRING HILL — General Motors opened its doors to Middle Tennessee’s youth this week inviting them to tour the facility and experience the same hands-on training new employees receive before joining the assembly line. During the four-day “Go Tech” Advanced Manufacturing Academy, students and recent high school graduates received an extended tour of the 6.9 million …

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Maury County teachers learn new lessons

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

By MIKE CHRISTEN mchristen@c-dh.net SPRING HILL — Middle Tennessee science teachers were hard at work last week learning new attention-grabbing experiments during an American Society for Metals Materials Camp at the Northfield Workforce Development and Conference Center. Stepping into the shoes of their own students, the teachers listened to lectures and took part in experiments all related to material science, …

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James Bennett column: Making a difference in education

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

By James Bennett jbennett@c-dh.net Columbia State Community College President Janet F. Smith asked a question Friday that delighted me: “Are you ready for Tuesday night?” I had to pause for a moment to contain my enthusiasm. Smith was referring to my role as moderator on ways businesses and education can partner in preparing students for college and work. We’ll be …

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What a difference a year makes: Maury’s pro-education culture is still on the rise

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

Anyone who attended the Jan. 26 Maury Alliance annual meeting at Puckett’s could tell you right away: There is a new energy in Maury County, and it revolves around howthis community’s pro-education culture is on the rise. Just one year ago, Maury County was in a very different place. A major leadership transition for Maury County Public Schools (MCPS) was …

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Expansion planned for Grow Maury

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

From Staff Reports As #GrowMaury enters its second year, the campaign’s leaders are planning special events to highlight the initiative. The push will involve state legislators, local business leaders, parents, students and community members to further prepare the next generation of Maury County graduates for workforce readiness. “A strong education empowers individuals to develop strong careers, financial stability and commitment …

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Columbia State and Maury County Public Schools enter partnership

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

By MIKE CHRISTEN mcchristen@c-dh.net Maury County’s fixtures of education joined forces Tuesday to bring greater opportunity to the county’s students after high school. In Columbia State’s Pryor Art Gallery, Maury County Director of Schools Dr. Chris Marczak and Columbia State Community College President Dr. Janet F. Smith cosigned multiple documents, entering the two institutions into a partnership program. The venture …

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Marczak delivers report on school system progress

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

By SAVANNA WALKER swalker@c-dh.net Maury County Director of Schools Dr. Chris Marczak has presented a plan to the Administration Committee to partner with an educational organizational company to improve local schools. The company, Lean Frog, was founded in 2009 in Alabama and is an award-winning consulting firm for regional education providers. “They come in and they save school district’s money …

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GrowMaury campaign off to promising start

In Grow Maury by Nicole Perry

By TAYLOR HATHORN Special to The Daily Herald What launched with about 1,000 potted sprigs of grass at Spring Hill High School on July 29 quickly evolved this academic year into a pro-education campaign with statewide reach – breathing new life into local community sentiment about Maury County Public Schools, thanks to the investment by local business leaders in collaboration …