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December 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

Speaker(s):  Board Chairman
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale:  In attendance:  Chair Butch Campbell, Vice Chair David Settles, Wes Ballard, Amanda Moore, Becky Goff, David LaRoche, and Roseann Barton

Staff:  Dr. Linda Gilbert, Ralph Ringstaff, Angela Fairchild, Lisa Trail, Joe Marlin, Raeshon Torres, Don Bartch, Tiffany Strevel, Greg Lyles, and Maria Johnson

Assistant City Attorney Elizabeth Taylor and City Liaison Bill Shacklett

I.A. Pledge of Allegiance
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale:  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Marcus Malone Jr., a fifth grade student at Bradley Academy and Jackson Shumaker, a sixth grade student at Overall Creek.
I.B. Moment of Silence
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Lisa Trail
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale:  Dr. Linda Gilbert's Evaluation Results-Ben Torres with TSBA

Congratulations to the following schools who have been named RTI2B Model of Demonstration schools by the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project at Vanderbilt:
Gold Level: 
  • Northfield
Silver Level: 
  • Black Fox
  • Bradley
  • Cason Lane
  • Hobgood
  • John Pittard
  • Overall Creek
  • Reeves-Rogers
  • Scales
Bronze Level:
  • Discovery
  • Erma Siegel
The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project at Vanderbilt’s RTI2B Model of Demonstration school process acknowledges schools "for exemplary implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior.  The purpose of this recognition is to highlight and promote schools successfully implementing RTI2B so their practices can serve as models across the state."

The Nashville Music City Trykes visited Discovery School last week to work with second grade students to assemble an adaptive tricycle and present it to a community member as part of their STEM Designated School Community Partners Project.  We will have more about this at the January Board meeting.

Congratulations to the Black Fox girls team and Scales boys team who are the MCS Basketball Champions for the 2019 season!  Many thanks to the coaches, cheerleaders, players, referees, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, Ralph Ringstaff, Murfreesboro Police Department, and Transportation for their work in making the basketball league a tremendous success!

MCS would like to thank St Paul's Episcopal Church and their Angel Tree Committee for providing a visit from Santa along with presents for the students at Mercury Court Pre-K recently.

Congratulations to the following schools and students who competed at the state Beta Club Convention and walked away with awards:

Overall Creek Elementary
Marian Evilsizer
Mallory Eaton
Kara Bergeron
  • 2nd Place-Science Academic Testing-Gabby Frank
  • Premier Performance Recognition (Performing Arts)-Ella Nunley
  • 5th Place-Quiz Bowl-Annabelle Horn, Hudson Holt, Matthew Clemence, and Carter Craig
Cason Lane Academy
Nicollette Sanders
Mona Thomas
Julie Seymour
  • 3rd Place-Solo Talent-Taraja Johnson
  Discovery School
Dr. Kristy Mall
Jason Page
Eric Matthews
Beth Warren
Kelsey McKnight
Tiara Vance
Amy Ritter
  • 3rd place-Mixed Media-Ashmi Patel
  • 5th place- Recyclable Art-Grace Bella Sanders
  • 5th place- Fourth Grade Math-  Zoey Boston
  • 5th place-Fourth Grade Science- Daniel Cho
  • 4th place- Poetry-Samantha Shaw
  • 1st place- Elementary Engineering-Spinnaker Rooley, Keila Wegmeyer, Luca Guevart, Parker Lindquist, and Joseph Rowell
  • 3rd place-Banner Design-Jhanayah Porter,  Emma Tuseth, Danica Crowley, Juliette Berenstain, Sasha Williams-Smith
  • 5th place- Campaign Skit-Evelyn Phillips, Ben Hogan, Joseph Rowell, Peyton Roeder, Truitt Surbaugh, and Parker Griffen.
  • Growth Award-Team
A big thank you to MTSU for making the Education Day Game the biggest and best for the students of MCS.Since the inception of the MTSU-MCS Education Day Game in 2012-2013, MTSU has had the top single-game attendance and average attendance for Education Day Games nationally.  This year's attendance was 11,415 and the has been 11,013:
 Education Day Average Attendance
  1. MT 11,013
  2. Virginia 10,048
  3. Tennessee 10,007
  4. Iowa State 9,145
  5. Dayton 7,972
  6. Texas A&M 8,004
  7. Old Dominion 7,103
  8. Montana 6,944
  9. Wake Forest 6,847
  10. Texas 6,835
Many thanks to all of the MCS staff and to MTSU and the  Murfreesboro Police Department for making this experience possible for our students.

Trey Duke presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association in New Orleans in November.  His research topic was Teacher Migration-Why Do Teachers Leave One School for the Same or Similar Position in Another School?

MCS would like to thank the Kings Men Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, 200 E. Main St, for their generous donation toward the purchase of ROVER tickets.

Congratulations to the winners of the quarter finals of the Junior Chef Competition.  These students, from John Pittard, include:
Andrew Young
Mackenzie Stevens
Landon Robinson
Khyland Corlew
Haven Rising

Murfreesboro City School students recently participated in the Fall Special Olympics Bowling.  Our system had seven schools and approximately 60 students to participate.  Each student bowled two games and awards were delivered to all athletes.  A special thanks goes to Lanes, Trains, and Automobiles for hosting this year's event.

Murfreesboro City wants to thank Calsonic in Shelbyville for doing a drive for coats, hats, and gloves for our students. We also want to thank MTSU who will be doing another True Blue Coat drive for MCS students on December 21st.  This will allow us to have coats waiting for our students when they return from winter break.

The following grants were awarded last week by the Business Education Partnerships.  Congratulations to the winning teachers and schools:
Gardening in the Classroom—Tammy Pirtle and Hope Padgett—Black Fox
Enhancing Robotics and the Engineering Design Process through Cubelets—Angela Bunyi—Discovery
We Put the TEAM in STEAM—Angela Pope—Erma Siegel
Did You Say Robot-- Angela Pope—Erma Siegel
Building Big with Rigamajigs—Gretchen Campbell—Erma Siegel
Coding with Makey Makey—Gretchen Campbell—Erma Siegel
Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Show Me the Way!  Using a Lady Bug Document Camera to Bring Learning to Life—Emily Clark—Erma Siegel
Bee Bots—Kim Taylor—Erma Siegel
The Little Engine Who Could—Craig Nelius—John Pittard
Coding for Our Future—Suzanne St. John and Stephanie West—John Pittard
Ukuleles?  Hurray!—Sarah Golden—Mitchell-Neilson
Snapped on Learning.  Learning with a Snap—Felicia Jackson—Overall Creek

Saturday, Food Service hosted a very successful Breakfast with Santa at Northfield.  Many thanks to Food Service, Outreach, and Communications for hosting this event for our employees and a big thank you to Santa for bringing smiles to all the children's faces!

Thanks to Hobgood, Murfreesboro City had a very successful Junior Varsity competition on Saturday.  Thanks to all our coaches, parents, grandparents, and the Murfreesboro Police Department for a tremendous day.

Thanks to the Hobgood Rockets cheer team for representing their school so well in Sunday’s Rutherford County Christmas Parade; and congratulations to the MCS Transportation Department for winning the Spirit of the Community Award in the parade.  Not only was Barney the Safety Bus leading Santa’s sleigh on a float, but a school bus followed the float decked out by no bullying stickers, and Transportation Department members, dressed as toys who lived on the Island of Misfit Toys, accompanied the bus and float and handed out candy to children—many of whom they knew.

Discovery School Application deadline is Wednesday, January 8, 2020.  Applications will be accepted for students in all grade levels. Students must be five years of age by August 15, 2020 to apply to kindergarten. Information and applications can be found on the Discovery website at or by calling the Discovery School at 615-893-2123.

Congratulations ot the Salem Elementary Choir.  The choir helped light the Christmas tree and performed at the Rutherford County Courthouse on Friday night.

Congratulations to Anna Pearcy, kindergarten teacher at Erma Siegel and Ally Stovall, 1st grade teacher at Scales Elementary, for being chosen as one of Murfreesboro Magazines' top teachers.
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
IV.A. Approval of School Fees
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B. Approval of November 12, 2019 Board Retreat Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.C. Minor Changes to Board Policies
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
IV.C.i. Approval of Changes to Board Policy 4.700 Testing Programs
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.C.ii. Approval of Changes to Board Policy 4.804 Religious Content of Courses
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
V.A. Approval of the 2020-2021 School Calendar
Speaker(s):  Dr. Linda Gilbert
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  There was some discussion regarding election day being on August 6 and the election commission using Mitchell Neilson Primary, Cason Lane Academy, and Hobgood. Dr. Gilbert explained that she would make sure to have extra police protection available at those schools that day. 
Attachments: (1)
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
VI.A. Enrollment (PTR) Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Linda Gilbert
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments: (1)
VI.B. October Revenue and Expenditure Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Linda Gilbert
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments: (3)
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Discussion:  Mr. Wes Ballard gave a shout out to City Schools Foundation for the planning of the gala that is coming up in January. Last year the foundation raised $83,000 in grants for teachers and hoped that it would be even more this year.  He told everyone that Collier Smith would be honored this year and invited everyone to attend.

Roseann Barton wanted to thank all principals, assistant principals, coaches, and teachers for their hard work during basketball season. 

Dr. Gilbert thanked Mr. Shacklett for his help on the city council to provide computers for our schools.  She said that they should be arriving right after Christmas.
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion:  The meeting adjourned at 6:37 p.m.
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