Shelby Academy detailing reopening in Feb. 23 meeting

Published 2:26 pm Monday, February 8, 2010

Officials at Shelby Academy in Montevallo will soon hold an informational meeting for parents and students interested in attending the reorganized school, which is scheduled to reopen in fall 2010.

Shelby Academy faculty will host the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the school off Shelby County 22.

The meeting will be open to all parents and students interested in enrolling in fall 2010 classes and preschool daycare at the school, according to school board of trustees Secretary Paige Phillips.

“It’s an open meeting for all prospective members to talk about any questions they may have,” Phillips said. “Mostly, we will introduce the school’s new board of trustees. But we will also be here to answer any questions.”

Shelby Academy closed its doors in July 2009 after being open for nearly four decades, citing the school’s debt and low enrollment.

However, the school has “completely reorganized” since the closing, and is introducing a new administration, budget and board of trustees, Phillips said.

If enough parents express interest, the school will reopen its 3-to-5-year-old preschool in March, Phillips added.

“We are planning to open (K-12th-grade classes) for the next school year,” Phillips said. “But we are actually going to try to open our preschool in March if we get enough interest.”

For more information about the school’s reopening, or to obtain enrollment information, call the Shelby Academy office at 668-2299, or visit