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Town Hall Parent Meeting panelist Norman Brown of the Roscoe Brown company answers a parent’s question during a Rutherford County Schools Town Hall. Tyra Pilgrim (right), coordinator, Career and Technical Education for Rutherford County Schools, was also a panelist. DAN EPRIGHT

Rutherford County Director of Schools Bill Spurlock hosted a Town Hall Parent Meeting on Feb. 10 at Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna that brought together more than 300 parents, Rutherford County School leadership, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, and top-end industry partners in a panel discussion.

The group discussed a variety of programs and initiatives designed to boost students into careers. The panel discussion underscored that preparation is the key, and preparation can begin as early as elementary school.

The session was the third of four meetings planned by the school district for this year. The next Town Hall Parent Meeting will be held Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at Siegel High School, 3300 Siegel Rd. in Murfreesboro.

Spurlock said, “I’m very excited about these industry partners coming out and providing information to our parents, which is very important to us. The parents are with their children every day, and they can make a great influence on the decisions their children make for their future. There is a lot of dialogue that’s taking place. I think it’s going to be very effective.”

Panelist Beth Duffield, Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce Development of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, said, “We have been working with our industry partners for the last six years in Rutherford County Schools to really build out opportunities for students in elementary school to have exposure to different careers, in middle school to get that exploration to make good choices about their high school experience through career and technical education pathways.”

Other panelists were: Dr. Jimmy Sullivan, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Tyra Pilgrim, coordinator, Career and Technical Education; Kevin Fehr, President, Amada Senior Care; Gregg Peay, general manager contract logistics, Vantec Hitachi Transport System; Greg Thompson, digital solutions, Schneider Electric; Terrin Courtney, Senior HR manager, Marelli; and Norman Brown, of Roscoe Brown.

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