PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR Docia Generette-Walker, who leads Middle College High School in Memphis, is named Tennessee’s principal of the year at a statewide conference for educators. Chalkbeat

COMMUNITY INPUT Meetings in Memphis to gather community input on what makes a high-quality school wrap up. Here’s what Memphians had to say. Chalkbeat

BUDGET TIMELINE After several years of tall deficits and short timelines, Shelby County Schools plans to extend its budget process, starting earlier in the year and allowing more time for input and advocacy from board members and community stakeholders. Chalkbeat

LEARNING OUTDOORS A weekly after-school club is using canoeing, camping, archery and hiking to remove the barriers between students and the outdoor offerings that have earned Chattanooga accolades in recent years. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SPECIAL DELIVERY A group of Nashville kindergartners deliver toilet paper to Ronald McDonald House. The Tennessean

INVESTIGATION Shelby County Schools fires a Trezevant High employee as part of the investigation into grade discrepancies with the football team. The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL FACILITIES Williamson County Schools is one step closer to acquiring a former Columbia State Community College building as part of a high school renovation plan. The Tennessean

GRADING Greene County considers changes to how it calculates students’ GPAs. The Greeneville Sun

SNACK TIME A Maryville high school uses a “snack shack” to teach culinary and customer service skills while also giving other students the opportunity to buy the occasional snack. The Daily Times