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Learning isn’t limited to just the regular school year, and one local school is working to ensure that great, young minds continue to grow and learn – even over summer break.

Students at the Capitol School in Tuscaloosa are attending two-week Summer Explorations sessions designed to stimulate minds and engage. The sessions are for children ages 3-18, and are split into morning and afternoon sessions.

American Legion Post 34 Commander Nicolas Britto presented the American Legion Scholastic Medal to Bryant High School to Marine Corps JROTC Cadet Staff Sergeant Raykenia Bowers during the recent 2016 annual awards ceremony held at Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa.

With the recent resignation of Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul McKendrick, the School Board will be searching for a new leader. Local residents can share ideas about the new superintendent at two upcoming public meetings.

The search is on for a new Tuscaloosa City Schools superintendent after this week’s resignation of Dr. Paul McKendrick. The resignation came just one week after McKendrick was placed on medical leave. His tenure will end on August 5.

It’s almost time: Graduation for area college students is happening this week. Here is all the information for each of the area’s major schools and universities. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

By Shane Dorrill

 “Students, put away your pencils and notebooks so we can start class.”

Those are not the typical words one would expect to hear from a teacher, but through the use of technology those are the sentiments of educators at Paul W. Bryant High School.

“It is critical that our students be prepared to be 21st century learners and leaders,” said Dr. Linda Harper, principal.

If Amy McCown wasn’t teaching, she’d be baking. She said even if she owned her own bakery, she’d still like to teach.  

“If I were not a teacher, I think I would own and operate my own bakery. I love to make birthday cakes, wedding cakes, and other specialty cakes for friends and family,” she said. “I enjoy the math, science, and creativity behind the cake baking and decorating process. And of course, I would love to teach classes for adults and children as a part of my bakery.”  

Six Alabama teachers have been chosen as finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), including one local instructor.

Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools-Middle 7th and 8th grade IB teacher Wendy Bramlet is a finalist for the award – the nation’s highest honor for K-12 math and science teachers. The awards recognize teachers for contributions to the classroom and to the profession. This year’s awards honor secondary (grades 7-12) school teachers.

Annette Cook, Associate Dean of Student Services at Shelton State Community College, has been elected to serve as Vice-President of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). Cook accepted her position in March at NADE’s 40th annual national conference and will service a two-year term.

A decision has been made on who will fill the vacated District 5 seat on the Tuscaloosa County School Board. Engineer Charles Orr will serve as the representative until November, when he will run for a full term.

The District 5 seat was left vacant after Mark Nelson left to take a seat on the Tuscaloosa County Commission. That seat was vacated with the death of longtime Commissioner Bobby Miller in January.

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