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James Bennett column: Making a difference in education

In Grow Maury by ChAmBaDm

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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#MauryConnected outlines benefits

In Grow Maury by ChAmBaDm

Special to The Daily Herald An upcoming event hosted as part of the #GrowMaury Initiative will offer major benefits to students, parents and Maury County citizens who attend, according to the event’s organizer, the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance. On April 26, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will join a panel of 11 local and state education and business …

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Expansion planned for Grow Maury

In Grow Maury by ChAmBaDm

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 ChAmBaDm

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 ChAmBaDm

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 ChAmBaDm

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 …

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Why all businesses need to step up and support our local schools

In Grow Maury by ChAmBaDm

By ALAN WATSON CEO of Maury Regional Medical Center Several Maury County employers are poised to begin hiring thousands of employees over the next five years. In order to empower growth in Maury County to fill these roles, a strong, solid education system is imperative. Early childhood education provides a foundation of development and preparation for a student’s future success …

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Strong school systems linked to higher property values

In Grow Maury by ChAmBaDm

By WIL EVANS Special to The Daily Herald As the president of the Maury Alliance and a homeowner myself, I know a number of factors come into play when choosing to buy or build a home. For families relocating, schools often top the list as a primary determining factor. The quality of the public school system has an impact on …

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MCPS High School Student Spotlight

In Grow Maury by ChAmBaDm

Our campaign, “The Grass is Greener Where you Water It,” provides Maury County Public Schools the opportunity to showcase the talented, young students in our midst. Over the next few weeks, we’ll showcase a few of the bright, curious and courageous students in our schools who are well on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders. Alexis, Jadai, Nick, Georgia, Bailey …