Core Notes for Staff

November 1, 2019

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TCS Employees Get a Discount for the Bookin' It 5K!

The TCS Bookin' It 5K is back! Last year’s event helped raise money to start a brand new library for Success Prep Academy, and we hope to continue to be able to positively impact libraries across our district. The event will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools. The 5K will kick off at 8:00 a.m. Racers are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character, but this is not required. Awards will be given for first, second, and third place qualifiers in various age and gender categories, as well as best costume, and highest school participation.

On average, a TCS library book is 19 years old. State library enhancement funding was cut in 2008 and only reinstated during the 2015-2016 school year. Since being reinstated, it is at a severely lower funding level than the 2008 era. If all state library funding was spent entirely on book purchases, most of our libraries still could not afford to purchase even one whole book per student. We aim to change that!

Use this link to sign up for the race and use the TCS Employee Discount code: TCSemployee for an additional 20% off the registration fee. Be sure to “join an existing group/team” to support your school!

School Leader Honored

Verner Elementary School principal Beth Curtis was recently awarded the James McLean Excellence in Education Award, formerly known as the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award, by The University of Alabama. The Capstone Education Society created this award to honor educators (teachers, counselors, administrators and other education professionals) who through their work and accomplishments have brought honor and fame to the education profession.

Do You Know of Student Needs?

If students in your classroom are facing significant needs, there is now a way in which you can help those needs be met. Last month, TCS launched Neighborhood Bridges, an giving portal where community members can deliver kindness to students in need. Already, packages have begun rolling in!

Currently, we have more community members wanting to help than needs posted!

To help students in your care, work with your school counselor or social worker to alert them of the need so that it may be posted to the Neighborhood Bridges platform. Check out examples of recently filled needs:

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Heath Screenings Now Available

Dates for PEEHIP health screenings are now posted to the state's website. The health screenings are free to all employees and their spouse who are covered under either the State Employees' Health Insurance Plan (SEHIP/SEIB), Local government Health Insurance Plan (LGHIP, or the Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP) which includes Supplemental, VIVA, Medimpact, vision and dental.

Health Screenings During the Month of November:

  • Nov. 5 Skyland Elementary School (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Nov. 5 Southview Elementary School (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Nov. 7 Tuscaloosa City Bus Shop (7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
  • Nov. 14 Tuscaloosa City Board of Education (11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Nov. 19 TheAlberta School of Performing Arts (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

In order to participate, you will need to bring your insurance card with you. To locate additional screening in this area, please visit: or

Tuscaloosa's Police Chief Search Seeks Community Input

During the most recent Tuscaloosa City Council Public Safety Committee meeting, Mayor Walt Maddox announced the timeline and process for to search for the city's next police chief (see below). The Tuscaloosa City Schools partners with the Tuscaloosa Police Department in multiple and significant ways to ensure school safety. The city is seeking input from the community on the qualities and strengths deemed most valuable for the person selected to hold such a crucial position.
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