School News

Clay County father daughter date night set for February 18

CELINA-The 11th annual Father Daughter date nights set for Saturday, February 18 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Clay County High School (CCHS) cafeteria. The event is presented by the CCHS golf booster club and the school’s chapter of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and includes a buffet dinner, dancing, and other […]

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Clay County High School celebrates back-to-back Reward School years and more

Clay County High School students, faculty, and support staff all got a big pat on the back last week as director of schools Jerry Strong, principal Melissa White, and others lauded the amazing academic accomplishments of the school

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Director Strong details Clay County Schools budget dilemma in open letter

The following was read into the minutes of the Clay County School Board meeting for October, 2015 The Clay County Board of Education (CCBE) will fail to have an approved budget submitted to the Department of Education (DOE) by October 1, 2015. CCBE’s initial request of a $315,000 budget increase was reduced to $200,000 following […]

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Chancellor’s injunction keeps Clay County schools open

Published in print October 14, 2015 Restraining order comes after board vote to close; hearing set next Monday CELINA-“Pursuant to an injunction order from chancellor Ronald Thurman, Clay County Schools will remain open until further notice,” a statement from the Clay County Schools central office said late Friday afternoon. The news came just hours after […]

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Clay County Schools’ state funding stripped; Oct. 9 closure will be reviewed Thursday

Published in print October 7, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor CELINA-Director of schools Jerry Strong said Monday he received word last week state funding for Clay County schools would cease this month and the agenda for this Thursday’s school board meeting lists the discussion of “school closing on October 9” as one of […]

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Bailey elected to Clay County School board chairmanship

Published in print September 30, 2015 HERMITAGE SPRINGS-During their September meeting here, school board members elected a new chairman. Minutes showed current chairman David West nominated Benji Bailey and board member Nathan Sherrell “made a motion that all nominations cease and that Mr. Bailey be elected by acclimation.” Minutes explained board member Chris McLerran seconded […]

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October 9 Clay County schools closure date remains on the table

Published in print September 30, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor HERMITAGE SPRINGS-Despite action taken by the county commission to avoid a county shutdown late last month, the possibility of schools closing next week remains on the table, according to recently released September school board minutes and comments from director of schools Jerry Strong […]

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Tennessee comptroller accepts county’s budget action; education commissioner’s approval still needed to keep schools open

Published in print September 9, 2015 By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor CELINA-Action taken by the Clay County commission here last week has been accepted by the State Comptroller’s Office effectively fending off a county shutdown, but the same can’t be said for the school system in the coming months as of yet. “The comptroller […]

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Clay County Commission passes budget to continue operations

Published in print September 2, 2015 School closing still in question By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor CELINA-In a special called meeting here Monday night county commissioners passed a budget to continue operations the next day, but wether or not schools will close in the future remains unknown. After the budget committee voted to recommend […]

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Wheel tax referendum proposal met with special session Thursday to discuss possible Sept. 4 closing of Clay County schools

A potential wheel tax referendum proposal born of last week’s county budget committee meeting has prompted the Clay County school board to call a special session Thursday in response to the action.
The committee’s proposal to place a $26 wheel

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Clay County school board stands ground:

After hearing emotional words of encouragement like “stay strong,” “maintain your stand,” “be tough,” and “now is not the time to back down,” the Clay County school board stood their ground here last Thursday night by voting to again request a funding increase despite being asked to submit a budget without one by the county commission earlier in the week.
The unanimous vote followed passionate pleas from a standing-room-only crowd packed into the school system’s board room, but action on the request and the potential adoption of a budget may come too little too late

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Clay County shutdown looms

No headway was made last week in the budget standoff between county commissioners and school board members leaving not just the school system heading for an imminent shutdown, but also the entire county, according to Clay County mayor Dale Reagan.
“I want everybody to understand the situation we are faced with,” Reagan said

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Clay County High School again achieves “Reward School” status

Published in print August 5, 2015 School learns it’s ranked among state’s top 5% the 2nd year in a row amid shut-down controversy By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor NASHVILLE-After enduring summer-long budget drama and preparing for a possible mid-session shut down, Clay County High School (CCHS) principal Melissa White finally got some good news […]

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