As we enter the holiday season, traditionally a time in which we give thanks for the people and events in our lives that are most important to us, I want to thank the community of Shelby for their continual support, and patience as we opened our PK-8 building this fall. We are now blessed in Shelby to have all of our students on one campus for instruction and we have made sweeping changes and upgrades to our athletic facilities. Parents, grandparents, as well as the entire community have been outstanding partners, as together, we have learned new traffic patterns, bus routes, drop-off and pick-up routines and a variety of other changes brought about by our recent improvements. Despite these monumental shifts in our practices, our families have continually worked with our schools to, thus far, make this a successful school year. Thank you.
And of course, we are not quite done with the enhancements to our district facilities. Partial demolition of the middle school/high school on West Smiley is nearly complete and sometime after the first of the year the Board of Education offices will move from the downtown location in Central to the existing offices of the “old middle school”. Following that move, Central Elementary will be razed, as well as the grandstands at Skiles Field, and then, with the exception of the bus garage facilities, our transformation will be complete.
Shelby is a community with strong traditions but of course, traditions are not unique to our little corner of the world. All around the world the holidays are celebrated with meaningful and ingenious customs. Children in some regions of northern Europe leave hay and carrots outside the house on Christmas Eve because they believe Saint Nicholas arrives by horse. In a festive display, folks in more tropical parts of the world adorn their homes with mango leaves and decorate banana trees. Interestingly, historians believe that the first record of a decorated tree dates back to 15th century France. In fact, many believe this tradition was later brought to England by immigrants who had roots in that region of Europe and missed the ritual of decorating a tree. Traditions exist everywhere and many of them are very similar. That’s what is unique about people…for all of our disagreements, we still have more similarities than we have differences. So as you and your family celebrate the holidays and all of your wonderful traditions, whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree together or simply enjoying the company of loved ones, keep in mind that traditions, no matter how simple or how extravagant, are the ties that bind. From the staff at the Shelby City Schools to all of you have a safe and joyous holiday season.
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools