School board meeting
The Shelby Board of Education held a special meeting on July 8 in Shelby High School. Shown left to right are school board members Scott Rose and Carl Ridenour, board Vice President Randy Broderick, board President Lorie White and school board member Lynn Friebel.

SHELBY — As the Shelby City Schools get ready for the start of the 2021-22 academic year next month, the Board of Education met in a brief special session July 8 to fill positions within the district.

The board through a 5-0 vote approved the hiring of four educators and accepted the resignations of three other individuals.

The staffing plans were announced by Shelby Schools Superintendent Tim Tarvin.

Joining Shelby schools are: 
* Clay Shreve, who is heading to Shelby Middle School as a math teacher.
“As it stands today, he’s going to be teaching eighth-grade,” Tarvin said.

* Lorri Workman, who will be teaching math at the middle school.
“She, as it stands today, is going to be teaching fifth-grade,” Tarvin said.

* Laura Stine, who also is going to teach math at the middle school.
“As it stands today, she will be teaching fifth-grade, as well,” Tarvin told the board.

* Amy Buzard, who will serve as a guidance counselor at Dowds Elementary School.

“She comes to us from Plymouth where she’s been guidance counselor for the last eight years,” Tarvin said.

“We’re very fortunate, quite frankly," he went on to say. "All four of those individuals, particularly Amy Buzard, a guidance counselor, to find them the first week of July is fortunate.” 

Aug. 17 is the first day of school for students in the Shelby district.

“We have a lot of math hires,” Shelby School Board President Lorie White observed during the meeting.

The school board also accepted the resignations of:
* Strength coach Justin Kilgore

* Molly Fairchild, Dowds Elementary guidance counselor

* Whitney Collins, Shelby Middle School teacher

Those resignations are effective at the end of the past school year, 2020-21, according to the meeting’s agenda.

“I appreciate all three, what they have done for our school district,” Superintendent Tarvin said in remarks to the board. “Justin has been with us for a couple of years, Molly for four and Whitney for quite a few beyond that. I appreciate the dedication they have given to our kids over the years. Great job.”

White, the board president, asked about the vacant strength coach position. “I assuming you’re going to be working at filling Justin’s spot?” she asked. Tarvin responded that is the case.

School Board member Scott Rose asked if plans called for other coaches to be on-hand until another strength coach is approved. Tarvin responded: “Yes, some sort of supervision.”

Commenting on the personnel matters covered at the meeting, White observed that it was “a lot of action, a little more than usual,” a sentiment later echoed by Tarvin.

“A little more than usual in the first week in July,” he said.

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