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July 21, 2014
Arlington happy to return to old ways, new leader says
After working for 28 years at all three levels of education -- elementary, middle and high school -- as well as spending a year in the central office, Tammy Mason became the superintendent of Arlington this past January. She talked to Chalkbeat TN about why Arlington decided to allow corporal punishment, what it's like being the only female superintendent and why she believes people will have more patience this year if things go wrong.
July 11, 2014
Millington’s superintendent talks about its unique resource challenges
Dr. David Roper has had a varied career in education, working his way from a school psychologist all the way up to administrative assistant at Birmingham City Schools. As the first superintendent of the brand new Millington Municipal Schools, he believes his experience working in a high poverty background will help him address some of the financial challenges Millington will face that the other five municipal school districts will not.
June 30, 2014
Municipal districts say the first measure of their success will be their buses
The performance of school buses in the first days and weeks of the school year will be one of the most visible and important tests of the new municipal school districts, according to public statements by board members and interviews with their superintendents. But the districts face some unprecedented challenges that leaves uncertainty as to whether the disruptions this year will be as ordinary as they are hoping, or extraordinary, as happened last year.
June 27, 2014
Collierville’s leader breaks down the municipality split
John Aitken served as superintendent of Shelby County Schools from 2009 to 2013 amid one of its most tumultuous changes in recent memory, including the changes wrought by Race to the Top, a new teacher evaluation system and the merger with Memphis City Schools. Now as the superintendent of Collierville Schools he hopes that, after a busy start, his job will settle down and he can spend more time building relationships.
June 24, 2014
Arlington board voted to reduce retiree health benefits Tuesday night
Arlington Community Schools was one of the first municipal districts to approve a new retiree health benefits package tonight that is less generous than teachers receive in Shelby County Schools.
June 23, 2014
Bartlett board bypasses protocol so employees will have health insurance on time
Bartlett City Schools board boardmembers bypassed traditional protocol to pass a health benefits package that was a last minute addition to the agenda and that board members still have not seen, this evening. "This will not be the normal course of business moving forward,” said Jeff Norris, the board chair. "This is not ideal to execute these things without allowing you to see them."
June 20, 2014
Six reasons Bartlett’s superintendent is optimistic about its first year
David Stephens has been at the center of educational change in Shelby County the last few years, including the SCS/MCS merger. Now Stephens runs Bartlett City Schools. He sat down to talk about what he learned from the schools merger, Bartlett’s plan to be Shelby County’s premier STEM district and what he would’ve done differently if he could do it all over again.
June 17, 2014
In 90 minutes, Bartlett board passes on more than 40 policies for votes next week
The Bartlett school board reviewed more than 40 district policies at their work session Monday. They discussed and passed policies for a vote next week…
June 16, 2014
Proposal to conduct $1.8 million school facilities study fails after debate over municipal buildings
Divisive rhetoric about whether to include the six municipal districts undermined funding for a study to determine the long term needs of old school buildings in Shelby County, during a county commission board meeting today.
June 13, 2014
Some municipal district teachers may not receive their full salaries this summer
For teachers transitioning from Shelby County Schools to one of the six new municipal districts in the county, just how and when they…
June 12, 2014
8 things to know about Lakeland and its new superintendent
Dr. Ted Horrell was hired as the first superintendent of the Lakeland School System in January. Horell sat down with Chalkbeat to discuss his career, the challenges of starting a district from scratch and what people misunderstand about the new Lakeland district.
June 9, 2014
Parent groups face uncertainty just when they’re needed most
PTAs in at least four of the county’s six new municipal school districts are forming separate PTA councils, and some parents aren’t sure which PTA to align with.
June 4, 2014
Lakeland celebrates first building, makes plans for more
Lakeland is one of six new municipal districts across Shelby County, which received keys to their school buildings from Shelby County. Lakeland is the smallest of the new municipal districts and on Tuesday board members voted to pursue expansion into a middle school.
May 15, 2014
Plans for municipal districts move forward with Shelby County’s cooperation
As the school year winds to a close, Shelby County Schools and suburban leaders in the Memphis area are preparing for a county with seven…
May 12, 2014
County Commission approves buildings funds for Shelby County Schools, adds funds for munis
The county commission had not funded capital improvement projects for the county's public schools in two years, while school officials were in the process of merging legacy Memphis City Schools with suburban Shelby County Schools. Dorsey Hopson II, the superintendent of the merged Shelby County school system, said last week that the funds barely begin to address the needs in the district's old and decaying buildings.
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