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Building toward the future

As a construction project manager for Rutherford County Schools, Trey Lee works to ensure new facilities meet needs of students, teachers and community

November 22, 2016Trey Lee

Rutherford County Schools

SMYRNA — Trey Lee is a fifth generation Smyrna resident, and these days for his job with Rutherford County Schools, he spends much of his time literally driving down memory lane. 

Lee grew up a short throw from the under-construction Rocky Fork Middle School, which the county will open in August. 

“Basically from here to the interstate, it was all Lee’s  — cousins, brothers, aunts. All up and down Lee Road — that’s where the name came from was our family members. There’s still a half a dozen who live up and down Lee Road,” he said while giving a tour of the area. 

Most parents have no idea who Trey Lee is, but as a project manager in the school district’s Engineering and Construction Department, his daily work has impacted the education of thousands of students in Rutherford County during the past 10 years.

During that time, Lee estimates he has worked on 10 new schools and six additions to existing facilities. 

When a new school or addition is being built, Lee’s role as a project manager is to serve as the liaison between the school district’s engineering department, contractors, architects, government officials, utility companies and others involved in the construction process. He starts most days by visiting school construction sites — monitoring progress, inspecting work that’s been completed, meeting with builders and resolving issues as they arise. CONTINUE READING 

December 2016
73 Rutherford band students earn spots in regional honor bands
Oakland Cosmetology students provide free services to elderly residents
School Board adopts zone, grandfather option for Rocky Fork Middle School
Oakland readies for state championship game
A RISING TIDE: At LaVergne High School, administrators and teachers putting interests of students first to change culture and lift expectations
LaVergne High School cadets offering free community meal this Saturday: Faculty, students hope to serve 300 residents at annual event
Rutherford teachers awarded innovation grants from Nissan
Voices unite for the season
Director of Schools receives high marks from school board
TN REPORT CARD: Rutherford's ACT scores, grad rates further increase; district spends millions less than state average
Central Magnet School cross country girls win 2016 State Team Championship
gainst all odds
Blackman High's Amy Connifey-Marlin selected state AP of year
Dr. James Sullivan named principal of Rocky Fork Middle School
RCS Parent Insider: Dec. 16, 2016

November 2016

Riverdale’s Chelsea Spaulding Culbreth selected for prestigious Governor’s leadership program
The Blackman Experience: Popular Rutherford high school aims to offer well-rounded academic, athletic experience to prepare students for college and future
Parents interested in magnet schools, Oakland International Baccalaureate program should attend upcoming information nights
Stewarts Creek High School band heads to Hawaii Wednesday: One of only 30 bands in country invited to perform at 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor
School Board member Wayne Blair named president of TN School Boards
Building toward the future: As a construction project manager for Rutherford County Schools, Trey Lee works to ensure new facilities meet needs of students, teachers and community
2016-2017 Fine Arts Calendar (Through December 2016)
TSSAA honors Athletic Director Tim Tackett, Blackman High for ethics, integrity
A full helping of community: LaVergne Middle School’s annual free Thanksgiving meal set for Tuesday, Nov. 22
RCS Parent Insider: November 22, 2016
RCS Parent Insider: November 12, 2016
Great Race ExpectationsCentral Magnet students raising money, sponsorships to become first high school team from Tennessee to participate in The Great Race this summer
Oakland's JaCoby Stevens, Siegel's Jacob Smith earn Mr. Football awards
Information about alleged threat at Stewarts Creek High School

October 2016

March 2016

Young adult book festival brings 37 authors to 'Boro beginning Friday

February 2016

RCS announces TNReady assessment schedule update for parents
Stewarts Creek Middle students meet with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rutherford County Schools announces 2015-2016 Teachers of the Year
RCS Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Feb. 20 at Siegel High School
More than 300 candidates attend RCS 2016 Teacher Recruitment Fair
School Board takes County Commission on tour of proposed building projects
Tickets on sale now for SRO rodeo benefit event, March 4-5
RCS Parent Newsletter - February 24, 2016

January 2016

LaVergne High students earn nearly 4,000 college hours in Dual Enrollment Academy
Roy Waldron students performing at Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta
12 Rutherford County high school students complete nursing certification course during winter break
Central's Cuneo named Gatorade runner of the year for second time
PHOTOS: Blackman Middle eighth-graders learn about career paths to help make decisions about high school courses
Grant provides teacher training for gifted education
RCS Parent newsletter - Jan. 29, 2016

December 2015

November 2015

Central Magnet wins TN robotics competition, heads to regional competition
Riverdale FFA teams places ninth in nationals for forticulture
Rutherford County Schools well represented at LEAD Conference 
RCS' Chip Fair named chair of Gov's advisory board for students with disabilities
Several schools, non-profits hosting benefit runs on Nov. 14
Parent info sessions approaching for magnet schools, Oakland IB program
Riverdale band student first to be named All-American; selected to perform in U.S. Army Bowl in January
Blackman student nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars program
The RCS 'Did You Know' — November 11, 2015
Riverdale students get hands-on experience with Bridgestone tire changing
Community celebrates groundbreaking of new John Colemon school (Photo Gallery)
Oakland, Blackman coaches named Coaches of Year by TSSAA; Central, Eagleville receive awards for good sportsmanship
Richard Siegel Foundation honored for support of education programs
Chairman Wayne Blair elected TSBA president-elect; Board member Aaron Holladay earns Level V award
Students from every Rutherford high school selected for Mid-State Choirs
LaVergne Middle free community Thanksgiving meal set for Tuesday evening 
RCS Parent Newsletter - November 2015

October 2015

Parent Newsletter 10-1-15
State Board launches science standards review website for input
Rutherford County Schools’ graduation rate nears 94%; Tennessee releases annual Report Card with performance indicators
Oakland students heading to nationals after winning state soil judging title

September 2015

Parent Newsletter 9-4-15
16 Rutherford students selected as National Merit semifinalists
PHOTOS: Community turns out for Reading in Schools Day
Blackman Elementary combines student fitness with fund-raiser
Brown's Chapel students to sign book at Barnes & Nobles Sept. 28
Smyrna High celebrates opening of new state-of-the-art media center
Buchanan Elem. named 2015 National Blue Ribbon School; Third Rutherford school to earn award in past decade
Brown's Chapel student-authors sign book at Barnes & Noble
Prince wins teaching award; wants to improve education in Tennessee
United Way's Hometown Huddle brings out volunteers for playground work
Blackman students hosting golf tournament Oct. 17 to benefit veterans
Students explore career options while touring manufacturing facilities

August 2015
Rutherford County Schools begins year with record enrollment
Rutherford's Amy Gullion only teacher picked for governor's standards review
Oakland teacher Jonathan Griffith selected as an artist for TN arts anniversary
Five Rutherford schools recognized for performing in top 5% of state
Rutherford County celebrates Eagleville School addition

July 2015

Four Rutherford students complete Agriculture Governor's School program
Rockvale sign language interpreter wins prestigious award
PHOTOs: Volunteers assist at Blackman Elementary School
Stewarts Creek students publish first song on iTunes
Registration open now until July 24 for ACT prep course

June 2015

Schools in Murfreesboro ranked 23rd best in country
McFadden teacher Cindy Cliche selected as TN Educator Fellow
Teachers attend writing workshop held at Siegel Middle School
School district receives Predators grant for walking track at Rockvale Elem.
Oakland High's April Gunter named TPAC Teacher of the Year

Smyrna West student honored with Teen Trendsetters mentoring award
Smyrna principal elected president of national alternative education group
Oakland FFA wins outstanding chapter award at state FFA camp
Stewarts Creek Middle STEM project featured on Town of Smyrna TV
Stewartsboro Elementary community holds memorial for former student
Country star, Oakland alumnus Chris Young surprises his former teacher (who is now at Siegel) with grant
RCS announces new principals for David Youree, Lascassas Elementary
Kyle Prince named one of 9 finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year, selected for Gov. Haslam's inaugural Teacher Cabinet
Eagleville FFA wins outstanding chapter award at state camp

May 2015

RCS Parent Newsletter, May 27, 2015 now available online
RCSOnline summer classes begin on June 1; Onsite registration May 28-29

Final opportunity to register for 2015 Summer School is May 28-29
Free summer feeding program begins June 1 at select schools
Rutherford County Schools: 2014-2015 Year in Review
Steve Luker named principal of Smyrna Middle School
Central Magnet named 4th best in state; wins multiple honors for effectiveness
Brown’s Chapel students publish professional quality book about school safety for young readers
David Youree Elementary celebrates new awning for special education wing
PHOTOS: School district honors 2014-2015 RCS retirees at reception
RCS parent newsletter, May 8, 2015

April 2015
Rutherford County Schools employee recruitment fair set for Saturday, April 25
Rutherford County NCAA Information Night April 8 at Siegel High
'Countdown to Kindergarten' events for parents April 9, 14
Siegel's Nivia Serrano named Assistant Principal of the Year
Schools to kickoff JazzFest in Murfreesboro May 1
Oakland FFA chapter wins historic award; OHS, Eagleville students elected as Middle Tennessee officers
Farm animals captivate students at MTSU Agricultural Education Spring Fling
PHOTOS: Record number participate in Special Olympics Track and Field competition
Central students show off skills at Senior Thesis Expo

March 2015
Illegal dumping impacting trash pickup at Rutherford schools
Annual ‘Child Find’ early screening March 21 at Barfield, Stewartsboro
Tennessee's new education commissioner tours Rutherford County schools
Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills to speak to Oakland students April 28
Central Magnet teacher named Teacher of the Year for Midcumberland Region
RCS' Tyra Pilgrim appointed to advisory council for career, technical education
Global education quality group gives Rutherford County Schools high marks, recommends continued accreditation
Rock Springs Middle School hosts college day for eighth-graders
Daniel-McKee Alternative School featured in article for Service Learning
Christiana Elementary named National Weather Service weather ambassador
Nissan taking applications for summer engineering program for students
Blackman, Central, LaVergne and Oakland students earn big scholarships
Stewartsboro's first dance team places first in competition
Siegel Middle raises funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation
Smyrna Elementary adults dress as 'Ninja Pigs' after students break goal for book fund-raiser
Siegel High event helps parents with college aid application
Rockvale Elementary recognized for raising more than $154,000 for St. Jude
Rutherford seniors gain hands-on experience through job shadowing event
Bridgestone executive guest lectures at Oakland High School
RCS Parent Newsletter: March 27, 2015

February 2015
Stewarts Creek band selected to perform at 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Central Magnet makes record donation of food, funds to MTSU Food Pantry
For Parents: Freshman orientation Tuesday, March 3 at zoned high schools
Rutherford County Schools names top teachers for 2014-2015
Blackman High principal accepts football coach’s resignation
Siegel's new manufacturing lab to help students land high paying careers
Smyrna, Riverdale coaches suspended through 2015-2016 year
Two Rutherford students candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars program
Six Rutherford students earn perfect writing scores out of only 100 in state
Siegel, Blackman unite to support literacy program named for former student
Nine Rutherford students selected for Tennessee student congress
ACT prep course available, deadline to register is March 6
Rodeo benefitting School Resource Officer program is March 6-7; tickets on sale now
RCS Parent Newsletter, Feb. 27, 2015 now available online

January 2015

Inclement Weather Policy information
Statement concerning Tuberculosis case at Smyrna High School

Blackman, MTSU agreement provides free university classes for students
Free flu shot clinics available Jan. 19, 20 and 26, including one at Riverdale
Chip Fair receives award for exemplary dedication to special ed. students
MT Athletics coat drive nets more than 1,200 coats for area students

Gatorade names Central Magnet School standout, Taylor Cuneo, Tennessee girls cross country runner of the year

For Parents: Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) explained

December 2014

Blackman, Riverdale win $50,000 as part of safe teen driving initiative
PHOTOS: Nashville Predators teach hockey to Walter Hill students
Oakland FFA team earns Silver emblem, individual awards

Lascassas students gain adult life experience through 'Reality Fair'
Campus teacher plans to use NASA Orion launch experience in classroom
Business Education Partnership awards 43 mini-grants to Rutherford teachers
Siegel Foundation accepting 2015 scholarship applications; open to all seniors
MTSU Athletics hosting coat drive at games on Dec. 19-20 to benefit Rutherford, Murfreesboro students
Central Magnet School robotics team wins BEST competition

Teachers, adminstrators and students work on Habitat House
Smyrna student nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars program
School Board honors Mr. Football award winners
RCS officially launches 'Bring Your Own Device' program
Oakland hosting info meeting for International Baccalaureate Jan. 15
New OHS facility enables students to complete certification in high school; First on-site Mechatronics program of its kind in country
School Board adopts 5-year building plan, includes John Colemon addition
RCS Parent Newsletter, December 2014

Barfield students collect nearly 3,000 pairs of shoes for charity

November 2014
PHOTO: Veterans Day 2014
Central's Claudia Smith national finalist for High School Heisman
Transition Academy students practice social skills while providing Thanksgiving meal

LaVergne Middle School hosting annual 'Project Feed' on Nov. 25
Oakland holding open house for Mechatronics program on Dec. 12
Blackman High School launching ‘Collegiate Academy;’ Parent information meeting scheduled for Dec. 8

Rutherford County schools hosting various Veteran’s Day events

McFadden one of only 10 Tennessee schools to earn recycling award

Rutherford Co. hosting info meeting for HOME grant program Nov. 17

Gov. Haslam seeking public input on Tennessee's K-12 academic standards

2015-2016 RCS academic calendar now available online

Thurman Francis team earns excellence award in robotics competition
Smyrna band wins Grand Champion award at Mid-South Marching Invitational
Boy Scouts Exploring interest meeting for parents set for Dec. 4
Roy Waldron dance team brings home two first place trophies
Oakland criminal justice club wins Middle Tennessee competition
Middle school teachers receive valuable training during national conference

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