Moore County Schools closed but will serve free student meals

LOCAL NEWS — Based in part of the recommendation from Governor Bill Lee on Monday morning, Director of Schools Chad Moorehead announced that all Moore County school will close beginning Tuesday, March 17 and remain closed through Tuesday, March 31.

“At that point, the situation will be assessed to determine the need for further closure,” the school system announced Monday around 10:30 a.m.

During the closure, all Moore County campuses will be closed to all groups. This includes all sporting events and sports practice.

However, the system will provide free breakfast and lunch to any child aged 0-18. Food will be distributed at Lynchburg Elementary at the pick up and drop off door. Staff will serve breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to school officials, the student must be present to pick up food.

“You do not have to be a student in Moore County to participate,” the school system said. •

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School Board meeting planned for Monday

LOCAL NEWS — The Moore County Board of Education plans to meet in a regular session meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Central Office located behind Lynchburg Elementary School. Board members will meet for a work session following the public meeting.

In new business, the board will discuss budget amendments for 2019-20, the annual MCHS senior trip, and a teacher resignation. Director Chad Moorehead will also report on ongoing construction at MCHS, the power surges at LES, the 20-21 budget priorities, and recent water testing results at all Moore County schools. He will also review the school systems tenure policy with the Board.

For more information or to see the compete agenda, click here. For questions prior to the meeting, you may contact the Board offices at 931-759-7303. •

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Public Library will screen Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on early release Friday

The Moore County Public Library will screen Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on January 17 at 1:15 p.m. Moore County students will have an Early Release Friday that day. {Art Courtesy of Walt Disney}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — All Moore County Schools will get out early on Friday, January 17 for teacher training. Starting at 1 p.m., local kiddos will have a little free time on their hands. Never fear, the Moore County Public Library will be there to save the day with an Early Release Day After School Movie.

Beginning at 1:15 p.m., they’ll screen the recently released Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. It’s a 2019 Walt Disney film starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s rated PG and runs about two hours long.

The event will be free to all Moore County students. Children 10 and older may attend without a parent. Parents should plan to accompany younger children. All movie watchers are welcome to bring their own after-school snack.

For more information or questions, contact the Library at 931-759-7285 or for event details check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking here. •

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School Board approves 2020-21 school calendar

LOCAL NEWS — The Metro Moore County School Board unanimously approved the proposed 2020-21 Moore County School systems academic calendar at Monday night’s regular session meeting. To view the approved calendar, click here.

In 2020, the first full day of class will take place on Wednesday, August 5 and the last full day will take place on Wednesday, May 26. Fall break will happen September 28 through October 2. Schools will close November 23-27 for Thanksgiving break and December 21 through January 1 for Christmas break. Spring break will happen April 5-9.

For safety reasons, local schools will also be closed the Friday of the Lynchburg Music Fest (August 25) and Jack Daniel Barbecue (October 23).

“The calendar will basically go back to the structure we’ve maintained for years,” said Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. “Adjustments were made this school year to accommodate school construction at MCHS.”

For more information, visit the Moore County Schools website. The next Metro School Board meeting will take place on December 9 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office Building. •

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Moore County’s ACT scores ranked #1

LOCAL NEWS | Education — According to the Tennessee Department of Education and Director of Schools Chad Moorehead, Moore County High School’s Class of 2019 earned the top ACT score for Tennessee’s South Central District. Moore County came is first with an average composite score of 21.7. Rounding out the top five were: Fayetteville (20.6), Marshall County (20.6), Tullahoma (20.4), and Lincoln County (20.1).

It’s outstanding news and one that allows the Metro School Board to check off a goal, according to Director Moorehead.

“The board’s strategic plan set a goal of having an average ACT composite score of 21 on the ACT by the year 2020,” Moorehead said. “The class of 2017 had an average composite score of 18.9.  The class of 2018 had an average composite score of 20.6. The Moore County class of 2019 has a composite ACT score of 21.7.”

The South Central District is made up of 16 school districts including Moore, Bedford County, Coffee County, Fayetteville City, Franklin County, Giles County, Hickman County, Lawrence County, Lewis County, Lincoln County, Manchester City, Marshall County, Maury County, Perry County, Tullahoma City, and Wayne County. 

Moore County’s score earned them twelfth in the entire state of Tennessee. Germantown came in number one with an average score on 26.3.

According to a state Department of education press release, a total of 63,829 students from Tennessee’s 2019 graduating class took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 20. This represents a 98 percent participation rate, which is an all-time high in the state. Of those students, 41.7 percent earned a score of 21 or higher, making them eligible for the HOPE scholarship.

To learn more visit the Moore County Schools website or the TN Department of Education website. •

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Get #WeAreMC updates on your phone

LOCAL NEWS — Friday night’s varsity high school football game’s been rescheduled. It’s just one of the instant, up-to-minute updates students, parents, employees, and community members can receive on their mobile phones when they sign up for #WeAreMC updates.

As every parent know, students are notoriously bad at getting information from school officials back to parents. As winter approaches, don’t you instantly want to know when and if Director of Schools Chad Moorehead closes for a snow day?

Sign up is easy. On a smartphone, go to your web browser and type in: rmd.at/mooreco. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be prompted to download the Remind app. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still get text notifications. Message @mooreco to the number 81010 or 931-841-9203. You can sign up for email notifications on a desktop computer as well.

For questions or comments, call the Moore County Schools Central Office at 931-759-7303. •

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Director of Schools asks public input on school calendar

LOCAL NEWS | Education — Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead would like the public’s input on the 2020-21 school calendar through a survey on the organization’s website. Examples of questions include:

1| Beginning the school year later in August … Students can not report prior to August 1. The calendar can be adjusted to start the school year later in August but would require extending the school years past Memorial Day, removing Fall Break, removing Spring Break, abbreviating Thanksgiving Break, or abbreviating Fall and/or Spring Breaks.

2 | There’s also an option to end the school year earlier in May, but it would require removing fall break, removing spring break, abbreviating Thanksgiving break, abbreviating fall and/or spring breaks.

3 | There are also questions pertaining to the 2020 Presidential Election. A new state law prohibits students from attending school if the school is utilized as a polling place.

Questions also center on closing schools the day after Parent Teacher conference, the length of Thanksgiving Break, and school closing during the Lynchburg Music Fest and Jack Daniel Barbecue.

The public should remember that state law requires that a school calendar includes 180 instructional days (three of which can be abbreviated), five in-service days, four admin days, and one parent-teacher conference. Those interested in voicing their opinion should do so before next Wednesday, October 23. For more information, visit the Moore County School website. •

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Raider Baseball plans corn hole tournament

LOCAL NEWS | Sports — The Diamond Club, the support organization associated with the Moore County Raider baseball team, will host a fund raising corn hole tournament on Saturday, November 9 beginning at 3 p.m. at 276 Mechanic Street.

Pre-registration deadline is this Friday

There will be three divisions (18 and over teams, 18 and under teams, and singles) who can earn cash prizes for first or second place. The cost to play is $40 per team in advance or $50 per team the day of the event or $20 per single in advance or $25 per single on the the day of the event. The pre-registration deadline will be this Friday, October 18. Those interested can sign up at the Moore County versus Huntland home football game.

All proceeds will benefit the Moore County Raider Baseball team. For more information, contact Corey Mullins at 931.703.5046 or Chris Thomas at 931.619.3009. •

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Report: Moore 8th grade English students most improved in state

LOCAL NEWS — According to the state Education Department’s 2019 TNReady assessment results, that came out on Thursday, Moore County earned the title of the state’s most improved district in 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) with a 12.9 percent score increase over 2018.

Overall, standardized assessments showed that more than half of Tennessee’s public school students showed improvement … specifically in mathematics.

“I’m impressed with the improvement we’ve seen in mathematics,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said, while adding, “the dedication of our educators, commitment to implementing high-quality materials, and unwavering student focus is what sets Tennessee apart and will continue to be the catalyst for moving our state forward.”

Under the state accountability system, school districts, including Moore County Schools, must increase overall achievement levels from year-to-year. They must also show faster growth in achievement for lagging students in order to narrow the achievement gap.

In the most recent report, Moore County is listed as one of those districts who are, in fact advancing. Coffee County, Manchester, Tullahoma, Franklin County, and Lincoln County also made the Advancing Districts list.

” I am very proud of the progress we have made,” stated Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. “All of our staff and students have been working very hard.  Our middle school was under construction for half of the school year and still made gains on state testing, and our elementary school improved, as well.”

To view the entire TNReady report, click here. •

School starts at MCHS: changes necessary due to construction

The two-year MCHS construction project continues through the new school year. Parents should be aware of some changes. The first full day of classes will happen on Wednesday, Aug. 14. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — For months, local folks have watched ground breaking and construction happening at Moore County Middle School and Moore County High School on the Lynchburg Highway. Though that construction will continue over the next year, the school year will begin on time with the first full day of classes happening on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Local school officials warn that there will be some changes necessary to navigate the construction. For example, for the first few days, the main entrance of the school will not be operational. However, parents should still plan for students to be dropped off at the front of the building. Student will enter the building from classroom doors to the left of the main entrance.

Also, high school students will not have lockers at the very beginning of the school year. Instead, officials ask that students only bring essential items on the short term.

For security purposes, during the construction project, visitors will be severely limited to only those with legitimate school business. Any visitor who can not offer a real reason to be on campus could be turned away.

One big change this year is that car rider parents will not be allowed to arrive for pick up prior to 3 p.m. This is for safety as well as security reasons. Parents should also only pick up student from the front entrance. High school student who drive will park as they did last year.

For more information, visit the Moore County Schools website. •