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Zoning 2018

Three meetings are planned for November to discuss the rezoning plans for the new Southwest Elementary School.  The meetings are designed to have open discussion and communication with parents and community members. The rezoning will affect homes currently in the Cason Lane, Scales, and Overall Creek areas.

Scales – Nov. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Overall Creek – Nov. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Parents may attend any meeting regardless of location or school.

Town Hall Meetings



Consideration is being given to rezoning portions of the city situated on the west side of town.  If adopted by the school board, the new zones will take effect at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.  This proposal is due to the fact that Scales Elementary, Overall Creek Elementary and Cason Lane Elementary are currently over capacity or rapidly approaching their building capacity.  Construction of a new school in that area provides the district with adequate space to handle up to 1000 students to help relieve the capacity issues.


To provide adequate number of students to open up the new school and eliminate the overcrowding issues at the other schools, we will be rezoning some students there from Overall Creek, Scales and Cason Lane.  We will also be adjusting some additional zone lines in the above listed schools to provide some room for future growth.   Maps detailing each new school zone and the district zone are below.


Bus service will be provided to each of the schools located in their newly approved transportation zone area as per the district’s normal transportation guidelines.


The proposal is to allow all current fourth and fifth graders (rising fifth and sixth graders next year) to remain at their current school and not have to be included in the rezoning if they do not want to go to the rezoned school.  If you choose to stay at your current school, you will have to provide your own transportation since bus service will only be provided to the appropriate rezoned school. A zone waiver will be required.  Additional details will be posted after the final board approval of rezoning project.


 Proposed Cason Lane Academy Zone

Proposed Overall Creek Elementary Zone

Proposed Scales Elementary Zone

Proposed Southwest Elementary Zone


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Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Is it a cold or is it the flu?

You just know when your child isn’t feeling well, but how can you know when coughs and sniffles mean it’s time to keep your child home from school? Or when to call the doctor? Since school-aged children get up to 10 colds a year, it can be a puzzle for many parents.

You may also want to print the attached cold and flu guide.

Cold and Flu Guide

Flu Poster

New School Rendering

Rezoning Meetings

Three meetings are planned for November to discuss the rezoning plans for the new Southwest Elementary School.  The meetings are designed to have open discussion and communication with parents and community members. The rezoning will affect homes currently in the Cason Lane, Scales, and Overall Creek areas.

Cason Lane – Nov. 12,  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Scales – Nov. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Overall Creek – Nov. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Parents may attend any meeting regardless of location or school.

Town Hall Meetings


School Naming Flyer

Name the New School

The New Elementary School Naming Contest is now open. To submit a name suggestion, please visit or email your name suggestions to with the subject line: School Naming Contest.  In addition to the school name, please submit the rationale for your suggestion.  School mascot suggestions are also being accepted during this time frame.

School Naming Flyer

Overview of Board Policy on New School Naming:

Schools shall not be named for living persons, except for those who have rendered exemplary service to public education as recognized and attested by a vote of the Board. Two schools in the system shall not be given the same name and care should be taken to avoid similar names. Schools shall be named for: The area or community in which the school is located, or the street on which the school is located, or a street bordering the school site, if that street is well known in the community, or Presidents, governors or recognized national, state and local leaders who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of education.

The contest will end on November 16.  All names submitted will be presented to the school naming committee.  The school naming committee will present a slate of names to the City School Board for final approval.  Until an official name is adopted, the school will be referenced as Southwest Elementary.

Discovery School Recognized Nationally

Discovery School at Bellwood is one of only six schools in Tennessee and 349 schools nationwide recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“Discovery School is actively moving toward problem-based applied learning as they prepare students for success in college and careers,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “We are proud of their achievements and celebrate with them as they receive this well-deserved recognition.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
“Discovery School is blessed with great teachers and great students who work hard daily to achieve excellence,” says Kristina Maddux, Principal. “We are also fortunate to have parents and a school district who support the school and the school’s mission.”
This is the second National Blue Ribbon Award to be presented to Discovery School. Discovery School won its first National Blue Ribbon Award in 2012.
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ESP Partners with Murfreesboro Soccer Club

The Extended School Program (ESP) at Murfreesboro City Schools and the Murfreesboro Soccer Club have partnered to offer students a top-tier soccer experience – Strikers City Academy.  Soccer is offered through ESP as an after-school enrichment with individual and team play.  Students learn the fundamentals of the game as well as team building and cooperative skills.

The program is led by veteran soccer coach and director Erich Delfs. “To have an outlet to play a small role in nurturing a lifelong love of this game to students that might not otherwise have this opportunity is an amazing.  The Club is honored that Murfreesboro City Schools has entrusted us with that task and we are eager to make an impact.”

“The objective of the program is to enable players to learn the game of soccer in a fun, safe and stimulating environment focusing on skills to help them become proficient soccer players,” says Kandy Powers, ESP Academic Programs and Grants Coordinator.  “Adding the skill and knowledge of the Murfreesboro Soccer Club has strengthened our efforts tremendously.”

ESP enhances the school day by providing students with stimulating and enriching activities around the school hours.  ESP offers a wide range of classes including sports, music, arts, woodworking, dance, cheerleading, cooking, robotics, and many more. The program also provides homework assistance and tutoring in specific subjects.

The benefits of this partnership were clear to Murfreesboro Soccer Club’s leadership team from the start. “Anytime our club can reach beyond our programs and have an impact on the community of Murfreesboro in a way that benefits the youth of our city is a win,” says Bryan Kleparek, MSC President. “We are proud to partner with the Murfreesboro City Schools ESP program and give the youth an outlet to exercise in fun and positive way.”


Heather Knox

Knox Receives State Award

Dr. Heather Knox, a MCS Gifted Coach and former fifth-grade math teacher at Northfield Elementary, was honored by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents as the Tennessee State Finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST award is the nation’s highest honor for K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Each year, a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards. Up to two teachers – mathematics or science – from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories as a group, and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity receives the award.

Knox received her Doctor of Education from Carson-Newman University and her Master of Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught with Murfreesboro City Schools since 2012.

2019 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year

The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) met in Gatlinburg, TN on September 9th for their annual Awards Banquet. The 2019 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year was announced at the banquet on Sunday night. This year the honored award recipient was Dr. Linda Gilbert of Murfreesboro City Schools, representing the Mid-Cumberland region of Tennessee.
Dr. Gilbert was selected for this honor out of a distinguished group of eight Regional Superintendents of the Year, which included Dr. Brian Bell (Alcoa City), East; Mr. Steve Starnes (Greeneville City), First; Mr. Neel Durbin (Dyersburg City), Northwest; Dr. Dan Lawson (Tullahoma City), South Central; Dr. Linda Cash (Bradley County), Southeast; Mr. Warner Ross II (Hardeman County), Southwest; and Mr. Tony Boles (Macon County), Upper Cumberland Tennessee.
Dr. Gilbert earned her B.S. in Music and Elementary Education, M.A.T. in Music, and Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), followed by an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University. Dr. Gilbert has served as the Director of Schools in Murfreesboro since 2010. Under her leadership, the school system has seen drastic improvements, going from School Improvement II status to a state-identified Exemplary School District.
TOSS Executive Director Dr. Dale Lynch stated, “First, I want to congratulate all of this year’s Regional Superintendents of the Year. These eight directors embody outstanding leadership in each of their districts and throughout our state. A special congratulations goes out to Dr. Linda Gilbert for being chosen as the 2019 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year. She always goes above and beyond in her work, and her dedication has not gone unnoticed. It is an absolute honor to have Dr. Gilbert representing Tennessee.”
Dr. Gilbert will now submit her application for the National Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and she will represent the state of Tennessee at the 2019 AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles.

Foundation 5k/10k Run

The City Schools Foundation’s annual Back to School 5k/10k Run will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 beginning at Overall Creek Elementary. The event will begin at 7 a.m. with options to walk or run.

The 5k and 10k courses are USATF Certified and timed. Race participants will run from Overall Creek to Veterans Parkway, turn on Veterans and return via Mooreland Drive. Racers will face an uphill grade on parts of the course.  Pre-registration includes a timing chip, race bib and t-shirt.

Awards will be given for first place male and female winners per age division and based on the standard USATF shotgun start. Age division categories range from elementary through 60 plus.

The 5k/10k run is sponsored in part by Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics; City Tile & Floor Covering, Waldron, Fann & Parsley; Franklin Synergy; Tennessee Pediatrics, Dr. Dunk Eastham; LaRoche Family Foundation; David LaRoche, Attorney at Law; Body & Face Medical Cosmetics Center; St. Thomas Rutherford; National Health Investors; Wilson Bank & Trust; and First Bank.

Early bird registration is $30 for the 5k and $35 for the 10k until August 31. Online registration ends on September 13. Sign-ups will be accepted the morning of the race for those registering before 6:30 am. Please have the registration materials filled out before arriving if registering the day of the event.  For safety reasons, no wheeled devices, strollers, or pets are allowed on the course.

For additional information or to register, visit or go to http:/

Overall Creek is located at 429 Otter Trail, Murfreesboro, TN 37128. The City Schools Foundation raises funds that are given directly to teachers and schools in the form of parity and classroom grants to enhance science, math, technology and art programs.

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2018-2019 School Registration

Registration for the new school year begins July 24.  New students are encouraged to register before school begins at their zoned school. Returning students can update information using the Skyward Parent Portal.

School begins with a half day schedule on August 1 for students in 1st-6th grade. Kindergarten students begin on August 7 with a phase-in schedule.

All schools will host open houses on July 31 at varying times.

Please see details on your school’s website, Peachjar or the school calendar.

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