Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  Students are busy with class assignments, co-curricular activities, athletic practices and jobs.  Whether it is band, cheerleading or one of our fall sports, hundreds of Shelby students are engaged in activities that will benefit themselves, the school, and the community as well.

When we talk about the relationship between the community and the school, please understand that it is very important to me that the association built between the two is strong and healthy.  What’s more, I believe that it is imperative that the Shelby City Schools encourage our students to give back to the community of Shelby — that they “pay it forward” so that others may benefit.  The concept of paying it forward has been a part of the fabric of our society for generations, and the citizens of Shelby have practiced this act of kindness countless times since this community was founded in the early 1800’s. Your generosity and support has paid dividends to our students and community more times than I count, so thank you to this entire community for paying it forward.  Rest assured we will make sure that the students who walk the halls of our schools continue to do the same for years to come.

Not only are the Shelby schools fortunate to have the support of a tremendous community, they are also blessed to have a dedicated staff that is committed to nurturing our youth in their pursuit of excellence in the classroom and in extracurricular quests.  Teachers and staff have worked diligently to assure this school year goes well for all of our students, and I’m confident that as we work together this school year our journey to reach new academic heights will be a successful one.

There are many reasons to be proud if you are a citizen of Shelby, and I have mentioned just a couple in this message.  As many of you know, I grew up in Shelby, graduated from SHS and like many young people I moved away after high school for “greener” pastures.  Fortunately, the path I followed to find greener pastures ultimately led me back to Shelby, and now I have the extreme honor to be superintendent of this outstanding school district.  The fact is, Shelby is a wonderful community in which to live, work and raise a family and I want each of you to know that the Shelby City School District is proud to be a partner in the success of this community.  Thank you for everything you do on a daily basis to help make our school system excellent.  Have a great school year and go Whippets!

Tim Tarvin

Superintendent, Shelby City Schools