April 2023

As we enter the final weeks of the school year, I want to thank everyone throughout our district and the community for their help in making the year a successful one. Success doesn’t happen by accident. Success takes diligence, flexibility, creativity and most of all, cooperation by many different people to achieve goals and aspirations. And the 2022-2023 school year has been a wonderful example of the great things that can happen when you combine all of the above ingredients into one recipe.

To list just a few examples…to open the school year, our students in preschool through eighth grade moved into our beautiful new PK-8 building, our athletic complex was given a complete facelift, students in all grades achieved outstanding academic success, and our performing arts and athletic programs attained unparalleled accomplishments. It’s been a great year to be a Whippet!

And speaking of being a Whippet…I have spent the past thirty-one years working in various roles in the Shelby City Schools; the last twelve years as the superintendent. This past October I announced that I would be retiring at the end of July and I want to thank the Shelby Schools and the community for giving me the opportunity to work alongside of you to make a positive contribution to our young people, to our school system and to the city of Shelby. It has been an honor and I am deeply humbled to have had such a memorable opportunity. Thank you!

As you read this newsletter, it’s very likely that the board of education has already, or is certainly on the verge of, hiring a new superintendent to lead the district in the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. In early March the school district began the search for the new superintendent with the hope of hiring an individual in late April or early May. The Shelby City Schools is an outstanding school district that enjoys tremendous community support and I am confident that the new superintendent will, with the same assistance and encouragement that I received, help the Shelby City Schools flourish for many years.

Thank you again for a fantastic school year and for your support throughout my career. I hope you all have the opportunity this summer to spend quality time with your family and close friends, be safe; go Whippets!

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools