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Summer Learning Information
Maria Makarov

Summer learning will be held at TASPA from May 30th-July 3rd. Registration closed on March 9th, any student who completes registration past March 9th will be added to the waiting list. To be added to the waiting list, click here. Summer learning will run from 7:30am to 2:30pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maria Makarov at mmakarov@tuscaloosacityschools.com

Naomi Stines "Inspires Excellence" at TASPA
Mallory Cook

Naomi Stines was chosen as the Inspiring Excellence Award Recipient for The Alberta School of Performing Arts. The award, sponsored by Townsquare Media and CAPS Tuscaloosa, recognizes one student per year from each TCS school for their outstanding character. 

Teachers described Naomi as "a ray of sunshine" who gives 100% daily. 

Naomi said she tries to do her best every day to make others feel like they belong. She dreams of being a detective or a teacher when she grows up. 

TCS Tax Referendum
Maria Makarov

The Tuscaloosa City School system is opening doors of opportunities for its students, helping prepare them for life success. But, due to rising costs of inflation, the district needs to increase revenue to continue providing the current level of programs and services, while also expanding programs to continue to meet the needs of our students.

In October, the Tuscaloosa City School board unanimously voted to offer a tax referendum in 2024 to allow voters to decide whether to increase property taxes to support TCS. According to the resolution, if city voters approved a tax referendum in August 2024, the city's property tax millage rate could increase by up to 11.5 mills.

If approved by voters, the millage increase would generate around $17.25 million a year starting in 2025 for the Tuscaloosa City Schools. The last time local tax rates were increased to support the Tuscaloosa City Schools was in 1986.

The new revenue would benefit three areas:

  • School safety: ensuring there are school resource officers in each and every school during the school day and beefing up security infrastructure.
  • Educator Excellence: retaining and recruiting the best and the brightest educators through competitive pay and benefits.
  • Premier Student Programs/Services: Making sure that the current programs continue, and rigorous academic opportunities and student programs are expanded.

For more details on what is included in this referendum, go to www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/referendum.

After-school cooking class
Mallory Cook

TASPA's extended day students made spring cupcakes during their cooking class! 

TASPA students honored in visual art exhibition
Mallory Cook

Five TASPA middle school students were recognized in the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa's 2024 Visual Art Achievement Awards Exhibit. 

The exhibit consists of the Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winners and Honorable Mentions awarded to students from local public and private schools. It will be on display at the Bama Theatre until March 21. 

The following students received awards for their art:

  • Kinley Presley: Best of Group 1
  • Asya Jones : First Place Painting
  • Kaylee Strachan: Second Place Sculpture
  • Olivia Tucker - Second Place Painting 
  • Jazmin Zamora - First Place Multimedia

Thank you to our phenomenal arts teacher, Mr. Abel Phillips. He is a super star at cultivating and developing our students' artistic abilities, for which we are all truly grateful.