Taylor County School District celebrated its 2019 Opening Day for teachers and staff on Monday, August 19, 2019.
The morning portion of the event took place in the Roger D. Cook Auditorium and teachers and staff heard from multiple presenters including DiAnne Harris, Director of Federal Programs, Shannon Cox, TCEA/KEA Representative, Brian Rafferty, Lead Pastor at Elk Horn Baptist Church, Dwayne Norman, Senior Pastor at Campbellsville Baptist Church, Charles Higdon, Jr. Superintendent, Terry VanMeter, Director of Human Resources, Suzanne Grubesic, Grant Writer, Michael Rodenberg, CEO and President of Murakami Manufacturing USA, Inc. and Laura Benningfield, Assistant Superintendent.
All new Taylor County teachers and staff members were introduced to the district by the building principals: Melissa Long, Donna Williams, Sara Tucker, and Jon Hall. Taylor County School District welcomed 58 new staff members this year!
The Caring for Kids Foundation was also introduced during Opening Day. The Caring for Kids Foundation has been launched by Taylor County Schools to try and recoup cut funding to be able to help all students in the district succeed. The Caring for Kids Foundation was already able to donate $1,000 to the Taylor County Primary Center Cardinal BRANCH (Believing, Reaching, Achieving, Navigating, Challenging, Helping) thanks to contributions from local community members.
Following the presentation, all district employees went on a Taylor County Welcome Back Bus Tour! 23 buses went out on their daily bus routes with approximately 350 staff members in tow! Staff members visited students’ houses and delivered care packages to kick off the new school year. Ann Mattingly and April Melton with the Family Resource Center and Youth Services helped arrange all of the care packages and the goodies inside. We would like to give a special thanks to our bus drivers who have big hearts and truly take the time to get to know each student on their bus!
After the bus tours, employees met back for food and fellowship in the TCHS cafeteria before dismissing to their respective schools and locations to finish preparing for the first day of school!
We are so excited for the new school year and cannot wait to see all of our students on Wednesday, August 21st.