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.
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.
(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.
Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is pleased to have three choice schools as options for our students and parents. Our choices include the content focuses:
- STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
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.
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.
Hobgood Elementary celebrated Earth Day by producing the following video.
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.
Artwork from Murfreesboro City School students is now on display in the City Hall rotunda for the 25th Annual MCS Student Art show.
This year, students from kindergarten through sixth grade have created pieces interpreting the exhibition’s theme – “E Pluribus Unum” or “Out of Many, One.”
There will be a public reception and awards ceremony on April 9th starting at 4:30 p.m. and the pieces will be on display until May 1.
The exhibit is free and open to the public between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays.
Please stop by and view the wonderful artwork created by our students.
Announcing the 2015 Spring Soccer Program. Students from grades 2-6 are encouraged to enroll in the 4 week soccer program which will be offered at all 12 city school locations.
The cost for non-ESP students is $20. Students currently enrolled in ESP will be required to pay a $5 enrichment fee.
Registration starts March 16th and the first session will begin April 6th.
Students enrolled in ESP may sign up at their site location.
Non-ESP students can sign up here.