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Murfreesboro Schools Ranked 23rd Best In Country

Schools within the city limits of Murfreesboro are the 23rd best in the country, according to a new ranking published by the research website

The website released its findings in late May. The ranking includes schools governed by both Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools. No other schools in Tennessee, ranked by city, made the top 50 list, according to the website’s national rankings.

“The MCS family is very excited about the national ranking. Our community has a right to be proud of the education its children are receiving in their public schools,” said Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools. “The district has worked hard to focus on the whole child and this ranking is another proof that the focus is paying off.”

The website also recognized local schools in other categories. Schools within greater Rutherford County, which consists of Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools, were ranked as the second best in Tennessee as a whole.

It’s always an honor when our schools are recognized for quality,” Rutherford County Schools Director Don Odom said. “These types of awards should be shared by all stakeholders because quality schools are the result of the support from everyone involved, including dedicated employees, engaged parents, hardworking students, thoughtful government leaders and invested community members who all recognize the importance of public education.”

The website developed its rankings by blending “community reviews with hard data.” The data includes compiled grades from all public schools and then weighting each school’s score by the number of students served, according to the website.

For all schools within the city limits of Murfreesboro, the composite score was 94.40 out 100 points, according to the website. To see the rankings by city, follow this link:

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MCS Announces New Assistant Principals

(Murfreesboro, TN) Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools, is proud to announce the appointment of key individuals for the upcoming school year.

Crystal Farris has been appointed Assistant Principal at Erma Siegel Elementary. Farris most recently served as the Coordinator of Federal Projects for Murfreesboro City Schools. Before joining MCS in 2006, Farris served as principal in Humboldt Schools. Farris has fifteen years of experience in education including classroom, extended school programming and administration. Farris holds her Ed.S in Education Leadership from Union University in Jackson, TN and received her Masters in Education Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene College.

Dr. Christy Robinson has been named Assistant Principal of Discovery School at Bellwood. Robinson has over 23 years in classroom experience at Black Fox Elementary. Robinson received her Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. Robinson received her Ed.S and Masters in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. Robinson is a native of Murfreesboro.

Tiffany Strevel has been named Assistant Principal at Mitchell-Neilson. Strevel has 11 years of classroom experience and has taught at Scales and Overall Creek Elementary as well as at Beaumont Elementary in Knoxville. She received her Bachelors Degree from Tennessee Technological University and her Masters from Lipscomb Unviersity. Strevel is a District LETRS training team member and has completed training in gifted.

These leaders will join the existing leadership team of Murfreesboro City Schools as the district moves forward in creating academic and personal success for each of our 8,000 school children.

Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.


Serving Food All Summer

The school year may be coming to an end, but there will be no slacking off for the MCS Nutrition Department. In addition to the original Combating Hunger on Wheels Bus, aka “CHOW Bus”, the district is adding two new buses to the summer food service program. The Farm 2 School Bus and a CHOW Bus XL will be hitting the pavement in an effort to provide easier access to healthy and nutritious meals for students age 18 and under during the summer break.

“Hunger doesn’t know the school schedule,” says Sandy Scheele, nutrition supervisor for Murfreesboro City Schools. “These buses allow us to effectively do our jobs and reach our students all year round.”
In addition to school cafeterias and several area churches serving as sites for breakfast and lunch, the CHOW buses allow meals to be delivered to areas of Murfreesboro that are not within walking distance of a permanent site.
This will be the second year meals are provided via the “CHOW Bus” program and the thirteenth year for the MCS summer feeding program. The program, which has increased from 18 to 30 locations this year, will run May 26 through July 31.  For a list of participating locations, dates and times of meals, click on the link below.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Free meals will be available to children 18 years of age and under without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap.


Summer Food Schedule

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Celebrate Asian Culture Night

Join Murfreesboro City Schools as we celebrate Asian culture at Black Fox Elementary, Thursday May, 14th at 6 p.m. Come experience Asian culture through performances, cooking and cuisine, craft demonstrations, exhibits and much more. This event is free and open to the public.

Asian Culture Night

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Virtual Interviews for Teachers

As part of Murfreesboro City Schools hiring process for positions which require a teaching license, MCS will be utilizing a virtual video interviewing platform; Spark Hire.
The video interviewing platform will allow our administrative staff and candidates to connect without the pressure of synchronizing calendars for our initial phase of candidate assessment. The process is simple. We created a few questions for you to answer on your own time via webcam, or you can download the Spark Hire mobile app for your iOS or Android device. If you are a certified teacher with interest in beginning a career with Murfreesboro City Schools, click on the link below to start the first step in the hiring process.

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Budgeting for the Future

(Murfreesboro, TN) When building a fiscally sound budget for 8,400 plus students, 3 main objectives drive every decision:

  • 1. Listen to the needs of students, staff and community.
  • 2. Strengthen structures to anticipate and respond to change.
  • 3. Build a foundation for the future.


The $65,776,937 MCS budget was developed based on infrastructure and personnel essential to assure the success of Murfreesboro’s children. It is constructed on an enrollment of 8419 students, which includes 7905 Regular Education Students, 292 Pre-K Students, 147 Special Education Students and 75 Special Education Pre-K Students. This is a student increase of 374 students over the current school year, and an increase of 819 (10.8%) from the 2014-2015 projected budget. Because of its student enrollment, Murfreesboro City is among the 25 largest school districts in the state.

MCS’s vision is to create a culture of collaborative learning that meets the needs of the whole child assuring success in the global community. Therefore, decisions are based on how those needs can best be met.

Much of the budget remains comparable to the 2014-15 budget; however, some areas have increased to meet the needs of the expanding student population. The budget includes the addition of 20 teachers, 3 educational assistants, 4 new buses and 3 bus teams, a database administrator and two additional maintenance staff members. Other staff members have been budgeted to respond to the needs of student subgroups including psychologists, a speech pathologist, Comprehensive Development Class (CDC) and English as Second Language (ESL) teachers.

“When you experience the growth that we saw last year and project for this year, you have to anticipate hiring to meet the needs of the students,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools. “Murfreesboro is growing and increasing in diversity. And our budget must respond to that growth and to that diversity.”

A 4% raise is also included in the 2015-16 budget for all personnel following the precedent of the announcement by the Governor of a 4% raise for teachers. This is the first raise for Murfreesboro City School employees since the 2013-14 school year. The budget also includes an adjustment to the substitute teacher pay.

Funding also includes capital outlay projects including refurbishing two gym floors and a library, various replacement furniture for Reeves-Rogers and Northfield, a fence for John Pittard’s baseball field, and security enhancements.

“Not only must we respond to growth but we must also respond to the age of our buildings. Our maintenance staff does an excellent job with repurposing and refurbishing our physical plant. But sometimes, furniture and flooring just have to be replaced”

“Murfreesboro City Schools is preparing for extensive growth in the next five years,” says Gary Anderson, Director of Finance and Administrative Services, “I believe this budget will be found to be comprehensive and resourceful.”

Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child.

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Choice School Applications Accepted thru May 1

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is pleased to have three choice schools as options for our students and parents.  Our choices include the content focuses:

  • Arts
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
  • Leadership

These campuses are part of a strong portfolio of schools within our district.

MCS sets high academic standards for all students at each of our traditional and choice schools equipping them with the knowledge and ability to succeed in high school and beyond.

Below you will find a brief description of our choice schools aimed at helping you make informed decisions about whether a choice school is right for your child. Please feel free to contact the school principal for additional details or visit the school website. Choice enrollment is limited.

Choice School Application 2015-16

Buses United for Safety Program

Buses United for Safety Program

Students laughed, cheered and reviewed safety rules as they participated in B.U.S (Buses United for Safety) program presented by the MCS Transportation department. Bus Drivers and Bus Assistants engaged students through a series of talks, performances and videos on why they should follow the safety guidelines set by the transportation department. Topics included how to properly cross the street, how to behave on the bus and what items can or cannot be carried on the bus. Students were even treated to a role-playing session where they switched roles with the bus drivers and assistants and attempted to keep order on the bus.

The transportation team has toured several schools with the B.U.S program and is looking forward to continuing the program in the fall.

Buses United for Safety Program


“Just Me and My Family” at MNE

Parents and students gathered at Mitchell-Neilson Elementary on March 26th for a fun night of reading and activities. “Just Me and My Family” was a free event hosted by MCS Community Outreach and Read to Succeed which highlighted the importance of reading as a family. Community groups and volunteers were on hand to assist with registration, fun activities and to discuss agency services. Visitors had the chance to win door-prizes, participate in book giveaways and investigate clues as part of a scavenger hunt. The event also housed a book fair and reading room where guests could quietly read books.

Just Me and My Family

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