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J.H. Gunn kindergarten teacher wraps up successful career

By Leah Schmalz

TyJuana Shaw loves the color purple.

So when J.H. Gunn Elementary, the school where she teaches kindergarten, told everyone to dress in purple one day during the final week of classes, she was excited.

When she arrived at school to discover the day was held in her honor, she was absolutely elated.

Purple Day was one of several ways the students and staff commemorated Shaw’s retirement from teaching this year. She taught at Bain and Lebanon Road elementary schools before putting in 20 years at J.H. Gunn.  […]

By |June 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Breakiing News, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Schools|0 Comments

Small tax hike could improve schools

By Charles Kelleher Harris

The Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools seeking approval and support for a tax increase that would potentially impact schools across the county.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to propose a quarter-cent (1/4 of a penny) sales tax increase on the November 4 ballot.

According to Marinn Bengel of Together4Meck, who made the presentation, this small increase would potentially provide an additional $35 million per year to the revenue for Mecklenburg County.

“County commissioners will direct 80 percent of the revenue generated by the increase to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Bengel explained, “7.5 percent will go to Central Piedmont Community College. Another 7.5 percent to the Arts and Science Council and 5 percent to the counties public libraries.”  […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Around Town, Breakiing News, Development, Featured Posts, Town Hall|2 Comments

Morrison praises Indy for graduation numbers

By Michele Dotson

CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.

Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6  which is an increase of  4.5 % from 2013.

Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Independence High School|2 Comments

Kelly Lewis named athletic director of the year

By Michele Dotson

Kelly Lewis was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Director Association (NCADA) at the 2014 spring conference in Asheville, NC on March 23.

Lewis, who has been athletic director (AD) at Independence for 10 years, was honored at the spring conference at the Grove Park Inn.

The North Carolina Athletic Directors Association was formed in 1970 by the late Bob Jamieson of Greensboro, and others, with the hopes of providing athletic directors a forum for sharing their common concerns and problems while growing professionally.

Independence High School principal Amy Dellinger says Lewis has many responsibilities, and he is a true professional. […]

By |April 3rd, 2014|Around Town|3 Comments