SCS Board Meets For First Time Since School Began

(Memphis) The Shelby County School district is trying to sort out many issues, from teachers not being paid to children not being picked up for school.

Now, for the first time two weeks after school started, the school board is meeting to go over the problems.

Right now there are 23 board members, made up of old MCS and old SCS members.

In two weeks, that number will go down to just seven, and though some of their time is limited, they plan to work to the last minute to sort out all the school problems.

“I trust the seven members that will be there,” said school board member Mary Anne Gibson.

Gibson has been on the unified board for a year after being appointed last summer.

Now she and 15 other board members are leaving in two weeks, and have limited time for unfinished business.

“In these next two weeks I want to make sure the hiccups or the bumps in the road that we’ve experience with the first day hurts are addressed,” said Gibson.

Though payroll and transportation are the administration’s responsibility, Gibson says in the time left, she wants to be an advocate for parents and teachers to make sure problems are being solved over the next two weeks.

Outspoken school board member Martavious Jones will also be stepping aside in two weeks.

He is credited for initiating the plan that led Memphis City Schools to give up its charter leading to the merger.

But he says that’s not what he’s most proud of, though he believes they had no other choice.

“I’m more proud of academic achievement has risen steadily. We’ve had a long road to tow, in order to get there, but I think progress is being made,” said Jones.

For Jones, the next two weeks will be pretty uneventful.

“There’s nothing left that can be accomplished in the time period we have left,” said Jones.

Jones and Gibson say they have done a lot.

Over the past year, they have put together an entire school district based on nearly 200 policy recommendations from the Transition Planning Commission.

Over the next two weeks, they will take up the remaining policies.

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