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Salem Elementary Announced

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the name of the 13th Elementary School. The school will be called Salem Elementary .

This name is a tribute to the history of the area and will serve as a landmark for the Salem community.

The name was one of over 500 suggestions from students and the community at large. Names were narrowed down by the school naming committee to a list of four that were presented to the school board at the December 11thmeeting.

The elementary school, scheduled to open in August 2019, sits near the corner of Veterans Parkway and St. Andrews Drive.

Trey Duke has been named Principal of Salem Elementary. The two-story school is designed for up to 1,000 students and will follow the footprint of Overall Creek Elementary.

Kids working on STEM projects at Overall Creek Elementary

Overall Creek to host TN Rural STEM Collaborative

Overall Creek Elementary will serve as the host school for the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative on Friday, December 7.  The program will introduce cohort members to resource-based thinking and help facilitate solutions development for regional STEM education challenges in West, Middle, and East Tennessee. Overall Creek was one of only 15 schools to receive the Tennessee STEM Designation by the Tennessee Department of Education in May 2018.

STEM education is a unique approach to teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students. STEM is focused on building critical and creative thinking and analysis skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them.

The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative is a year-long cohort of educators from across Tennessee that works towards ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities in STEM by exposing them to 21st Century Skills and local STEM career pathways.  The program will develop teacher leadership capacity, strengthen innovative instructional strategies, and provide a collaborative network for educators in rural areas.

Overall Creek students and staff will model the STEM process for the Collaborative beginning with a panel discussion at 9:15 a.m. including group tours of at 9:45 a.m. Overall Creek integrates STEM curriculum with project-based learning across all subject areas and programs both inside and outside the classroom. STEM teaching and learning opportunities rest on inquiry, technology, and project-based learning activities and lessons that are tied to the real world. It is a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum where activities in one class complement those in other classes.

The Tennessee STEM School Designation was developed to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM education plan at the local level. The Tennessee Department of Education and Tennessee STEM Innovation Network developed tools and resources to define the attributes of a comprehensive STEM learning environment for students. Schools that receives the Tennessee STEM School Designation are recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education for their use of STEM teaching and learning strategies and serve as a model from which other schools may visit and learn. All K–12 schools serving students in Tennessee are eligible.

City Schools’ students cheer Lady Raiders to victory

They entered Murphy Center excited to watch the MTSU Lady Raiders play a college basketball game. All of the thousands of Murfreesboro City Schools’ students left happy when the final horn sounded.

In between, they danced, wiggled and screamed as the Lady Raiders used a 22-7 fourth-quarter spurt to defeat visiting Georgia State, 69-54, in front of 11,310 mostly student fans at the seventh Education Day game.

“We’re always happy to have Murfreesboro City Schools students on our campus,” said Deb Sells, vice president of Student Affairs and vice provost for Enrollment Management. In all, 12 schools brought busloads of students to the game.

Coach Rick Insell was pleased with the response his players provided after the Panthers rallied to tie the game at 47-all after three quarters.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Insell, whose team improved to 6-2 on the season. “I’m very proud of our young ladies for hanging in there and coming back after they got behind.”

“It was loud … and I loved this day,” Insell added. “My hat’s off to Dr. Linda Gilbert(City Schools director) and her staff. They have to have great leadership … to pull this off. It’s a win-win for them and it’s a win-win for us.”

Reeves-Rogers sixth-grader Serenitee Matheny, 11, who plays basketball for both the Boys and Girls Club and an AAU team, predicted before tip-off “it is going to be an intense game.” And she was right.

Georgia State (3-2) rallied to tie the game heading into the final 10 minutes before MTSU hit 8 of 12 field goals and four consecutive free throws to ice the game.

A’Queen Hayesled the Lady Raiders with 20 points and added seven rebounds. Alex Johnson(14 points), Taylor Sutton(13) and Jordan Majorscame off the bench with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the victory.

President Sidney A. McPheeand MTSU first lady Liz McPheewere among those in attendance.


Story by: MTSU News and Media Relations contact:

Randy Weiler, 615-898-5616 (office) or


Duke Selected as Principal

Trey Duke has been named Principal of Murfreesboro City Schools’ newest elementary school, scheduled to open in August 2019. Duke will assume his new role in January and will oversee the opening and hiring for the school.

“Mr. Duke’s experience and leadership are ideal for the role of Principal of our newest school,” says Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Murfreesboro City Schools.  “He is a student-centered instructional leader with an amazing vision for empowering students to succeed academically and personally.”

Duke has more than fifteen years in education and currently serves as the Coordinator of Federal Programs and RTI for Rutherford County Schools (RCS).  In that role, Duke has provided administrative direction and support for all Federal ESEA programs and has overseen the instructional coaching program.  He has been an innovative leader in instructional technology and is well-known for his commitment to the professional development of teachers and administrators.  In addition, Duke has served as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal.

“As difficult as it is to leave Rutherford County Schools, I am excited to be a part of the Murfreesboro City Schools’ team. I look forward to being surrounded by students again on a daily basis,” says Duke. “This is a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of establishing an amazing school tradition and I want to thank Dr. Gilbert and MCS for this great opportunity.  I am anxious to meet students and families and begin selecting the team for our school in the upcoming months.”

Duke received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He is currently completing his Doctorate Degree in Assessment, Leadership and School Improvement also from MTSU. Duke has received numerous awards for his contributions to education including being named the 2018 Rutherford County Supervisor of the Year, 2016 TNTESOL Administrator of the Year, and 2008 Milken National Educator–Tennessee recipient.

The newest elementary school, referred to as Southwest Elementary until a name is selected, is located off Veterans Parkway and St. Andrews Drive. The two-story school is designed for up to 1,000 students and will follow the footprint of Overall Creek Elementary.


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.”


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