Memphis City School District, Tennessee
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In March, 2011, residents voted to disband the city school district, effectively merging it with the Shelby County School District. The merger took place during the 2013-2014 school year
In July 2011, the Memphis City School Board of Commissioners voted to postpone opening Memphis City Schools indefinitely until the Memphis City Council provided money set aside for the school system.
Information last reviewed: 5/6/12
- The calendar of Board meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years
- Names of School Board officials, bios and a physical address is available
- Names of administrative officials and some individual email addresses are available.
- A public records contact is available
- Background check policy is available.
- Academic reports are available for standard testing and graduation rates are posted.
- The search function rarely generates relevant results.
- School board member contact information only includes email links and does not include individual phone numbers.
- Only some administrative officials have full contact information listed.
- Contract policy is available, but bids and specific contracts are unavailable.
- The finance page is down (“Service Unavailable”) so budget, tax, and audit information is unavailable.
- Eventually the website crashed.
- Policy information and EPIC performance information is available, but not specific scores.
School Board Members & Salary
|Name||Board of Education Role||Salary|
|Christopher Caldwell||District I||Unavailable|
|Snowden Carruthers||District I||Unavailable|
|Stephanie Gatewood||District 1||$6,499|
|Terese Jones||District II||Unavailable|
|Joe Clayton||District 4||Unavailable|
|Tomeka Hart||District 7||$6,499|
|Ernest Chism||District 7||Unavailable|
|Martavius Jones||District 4||$6,499|
|Vanecia Kimbrow||District IV||Unavailable|
|Diane George||District 6||Unavailable|
|Sara Lewis||District 6||Unavailable|
|Reginald Porter, Jr.||District VI||Unavailable|
|David Pickler||District 5||Unavailable|
|Betty Mallott||District 2||$6,499|
|David Reaves||District 3||Unavailable|
|Patrice Robinson||District 3||$6,499|
|Mike Wissman||District 2||Unavailable|
|Freda Williams||At-Large Position 1||$6,499|
|Kenneth Whalum, Jr.||At-Large Position 2||$6,499|
Salaries as of November 2010.
Administrative Officials & Salary
|Darlene Fifer||Internal Audits||Unavailable|
|Kimberly Harris||General Counsel||Unavailable in this position|
|John Barker||Chief of Staff||$134,418|
|Irving Hamer||Deputy of Academic Operations, Technology||$189,144|
|Certia Butler||Human Resources||$123,358|
|Theresa Utley||Federal Programs, Grants, Compliance||$91,343|
|Christian Ross||Communications & Marketing||Unavailable|
|Gerald Darling||School Safety Security||$172,340|
|Patricia Toarmina||Exceptional Children & Health Services||$134,418|
Salaries as of November 2010.
MCSD participates in the EPIC program. The Effective Practice Incentive Community is a part of the United States Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund which seeks to support programs that develop and implement performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems based primarily on student achievement gains in high-need schools. The primary components of EPIC are: Identifying practices that make dramatic gains possible, recognizing and rewarding exemplary educators, and sharing effective practices to a broader network of schools through an innovative, online platform called the EPIC Knowledge System. EPIC offers a unique approach to differential compensation for school leaders and educators. The program recognizes the paramount importance of student achievement performance in evaluating educators. EPIC is a partnership of several leading education organization in the nation. Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) , an independent, nationally recognized research firm, created a value-added model with New Leaders, which ranks schools based on their effect on students’ test score growth using 3 years of test data for elementary and middle schools and 2 years of data for high schools. MCS uses the value-added analysis via MPR to rank and identify the schools nominated to receive EPIC awards. Value-added analysis is a statistical method used to measure teachers’ and schools’ impact on students’ academic progress rates from year to year.
- The Tennessean', Memphis, Shelby County school districts team up before merger, May 6, 2012
- Archived minutes
- Board members
- Administrative officials
- and public records policies are available in a central location
- Background Checks.pdf Background check
- EPIC academic performance