When will MSCS have a new superintendent? Here is the timeline


The Memphis-Shelby County School Board plans to select a new superintendent in July.

The new leader would start the following month for the start of the school year, according to the proposed schedule. This search is the first national search for the merged Memphis-Shelby County schools.

MSCS Board Chair Althea Greene presented the timeline at a Board Committee meeting on Monday,

Recent Chief Financial Officer, Toni Williams, leads the district as acting superintendent since late August, when the board appointed Williams shortly after voting on fthe exit of former superintendent Joris Ray and a suspension of an external investigation into allegations that he violated the policy. Williams said when she accepted the acting role that she was not interested in the permanent position.

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For the most part, the proposed timeline is in line with previous suggestions: the board will begin recruiting a research firm for national research later this year on December 1, and a new superintendent will be in place by the new school year. , the latter of two recent suggestions by Greene.

Greene was receptive to feedback from board members, which overwhelmingly encouraged the timeline to be more aggressive, having a new leader in place sooner than expected. As of now, the search firm would not begin recruiting candidates until mid-February.

Community feedback sessions will take place in December while the board develops a position description. Although Greene suggested changes to superintendents’ research policies, the board was generally not supportive of making any changes, and discussion of policy changers was removed from a committee’s agenda. Monday.


Vice President Sheleah Harris suggested a faster timeline to give the new superintendent time to adjust to the position before the start of the school year.

“There’s a pool of candidates that are out there,” board member Michelle McKissack said, echoing Harris’ comments. “…We want to make sure we have that opportunity to attract whatever we can.”

Board members Amber Huett-Garcia and Kevin Woods praised the specificity of the schedule. But the public should realize the timeline could be fluid, he said, as the council responds to community feedback.

Memphis-Shelby County Schools Board Vice Chair Althea Greene speaks to fellow Memphis-Shelby County Schools employees during a luncheon Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, at the University of Memphis.

Greene initially suggested two community committees, but on Monday announced the presence of several community members and leaders of educational organizations. See the calendar and the community committee below.

What is the deadline for selecting a new superintendent?

The schedule proposed below is copied from the MSCS table with slight modifications for clarity. Find it online here.

Memphis-Shelby County Schools students return to class at Germantown High School on Monday, August 8, 2022

Oct. 29: Host a board retreat to define the vision and determine the unique strategic needs of the superintendent who serves MSCSNov. 14: Announce the timeline for the research process at the November committeeNov. 14: National Research Committee Members Announcement Oct.-Nov. 18: Updates to Policies and Procedures, if any, by Board MembersDec. 1: RFP posted with updates, WebDec site landing page. 6, 7:30-9am: Student contribution sessionDec. 8, 4-6 p.m.: Public comment session hosted by District 1-3 Board members at Snowden School, 1870 North PkwyDec. 3, 4-6 p.m.: Public comment session, hosted by members of the District 4-6 Board of Directors at Southwind High, 7900 E. Shelby Dr. Jan. 12, 4-6 p.m.: Public comment session, hosted by members of the Districts 7-9 Board of Directors at Parkway Village Elementary, 3000 Claudette Rd. Jan. Dec. 21, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Public comment session, held at the Board of Education, 160 S. Hollywood St. Dec. 15-Jan. 30: Open stakeholder surveys with educators, businesses, non-profits and parentsJan. 30-Feb. 15: Research firm to begin research; the company will build a profile from the board and public comment sessionsFeb. April 16-30: Recruitment firm conducts search May 1-May 30: Candidates screened and top three selectedJune: Top three candidates go through interview processJuly: Board selects superintendentAugust: The new superintendent starts for the new school year

Who from the community will be part of the research process?

The Board of Directors announced the following board members, community members, and leaders of nonprofit organizations and education and family-related groups. find the list online here.

Sarah Carpenter speaks at the State Southwest Region Public Town Hall Community Listening Session on Updating Its K-12 Schools Funding Formula held at the National Civil Rights Museum on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

MSCS Board Chair: Althea Greene MSCS Board Member: Kevin Woods MSCS Teacher: Mary Walton Former Bridges CEO: Jim Boyd From Memphis Lift: Sarah Carpenter From Literacy Mid-South: Sam O’Bryant From Whitehaven Empowerment Zone: Beverly DavisFrom MICAH: Gisela GuerreroFrom Memphis Education Fund: Vernita DoggettOf New Olivet Baptist Church: Rev. KT Whalum Jr. Of Stand for Children: Paul Garner

Laura Testino covers education and childhood issues for the trade appeal. Contact her at [email protected] or 901-512-3763. Find her on Twitter: @LDTestino


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