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Trey Duke

MCS Appoints Trey Duke as Director of Schools

The Murfreesboro City School Board is proud to announce their intention to enter into a contract negotiation with Mr. Trey Duke as Director of Murfreesboro City Schools.

The School Board embarked on the search for a Director of Schools in 2020 knowing that the ideal candidate would possess a strong knowledge of early childhood development and educational best practices; have the wisdom to know when change is necessary and the ability to generate such change; work effectively with individuals, staff members, business and diverse community groups; and also serve as a resource and guide for the MCS community.

Simultaneously, the Director of Schools should support the MCS faculty and their professional growth, understand and appreciate the perspectives of parents, and build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people throughout the Murfreesboro community.

“The Board is confident that we have secured this leader in Mr. Duke,” says Board Chair Butch Campbell.

Mr. Duke joined Murfreesboro City Schools in 2019 to coordinate the opening of Salem Elementary and to serve as Principal. Mr. Duke previously served as the Coordinator of Federal Programs and Response to Intervention with Rutherford County Schools. He had also served as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and RTI as well as a principal at Smyrna Elementary.

Mr. Duke holds a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and is anticipated to receive his Ed.D in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement from MTSU this Spring. Mr. Duke holds many awards including the Milken National Educator Award, RCS Supervisor of the Year and TNTESOL Administrator of the Year. Mr. Duke currently serves as an Innovations in Assessment Core Team Member for the Tennessee Department of Education.

The Board utilized the Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) to embark on a nationwide search process. TSBA met with community members, staff and the MCS School Board to determine the criteria for a successful candidate for Murfreesboro City Schools and presented five candidates at the December School Board meeting. While observing COVID protocols, the board interviewed all five candidates. The interviews were available for staff members and community to view on City TV and online on YouTube.

“Thank you to the many members of our community who participated in our zoom meetings, watched the interviews and provided valued feedback to our board members,” says Campbell. “Your thoughtful feedback helped the board determine that Mr. Duke’s leadership, experience, and abilities were the right fit for Murfreesboro City Schools.”
“While we continue to mourn the loss of Dr. Linda Gilbert; the Board is optimistic that Mr. Duke can begin a new chapter for Murfreesboro City Schools. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Mr. Duke in the future,” says Campbell.

MCS had five highly qualified and talented individuals interviewed by the Board during the final selection for the Director of Schools. Murfreesboro City Schools remains an exemplary school district serving nearly 9,000 students in 13 schools.

MCS Virtual Job Fair

Virtual Job Fair for Teachers

Murfreesboro City Schools will host a virtual job fair on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CST.

The virtual job fair will give teachers an opportunity to visit with administrators from all thirteen schools. Teachers should register for the job fair by visiting MCSvirtualjobfair.

Registrants are guaranteed a minimum of 3 interviews with school administrators.

Zoom links will be sent to registrants with interview schedules during the week of February 8, 2021.

For additional information, please email

Murfreesboro City Schools is an exemplary school district serving over 8,800 students in 13 schools.



Covid-19 Update

January 2021 Back to School Plan updated

Due to the growing number of COVID cases in Murfreesboro, for the first three weeks of January, Murfreesboro City Schools will reopen in an A/B Hybrid model based on the first letter of the student’s last name. (Note that students with different last names but living in the same household will be accommodated. Please reach out to the school principal if you have name concerns.)

This hybrid plan will ensure that approximately half of the students are in a classroom each day making social distancing of six feet or more easier to maintain.

Group A:

  • Includes students with last names that begin with A-L.
  • Attendance will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Students will receive an at-home learning packet on Wednesday to complete Thursday and Friday.

Group B:

  • Includes students with last names that begin with M-Z.
  • Attendance will be on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Students will receive a homework packet on Fridays to complete Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week.

Parents please note:

Monday, January 11, will be an asynchronous day for all students.

Comprehensive Development Classes and BEST classes will be open to all CDC and BEST students Tuesday through Friday.

Students attending school via distance learning will also use a hybrid model.

Adjustments in specific classrooms may need to be made based on classroom makeup.

Attendance will be taken each day for all students.

January Schedule 2021 updated


Extended School Program (ESP)

ESP will be open for all students on Monday, January 4, and Monday, January 11.  Otherwise, for the first three weeks of school, ESP will only be open for those students attending school that day. For example, only Group A students will be allowed attend ESP on Tuesdays and Wednesdays while only Group B students will be allowed to attend ESP on Thursdays and Fridays. This will help the schools ensure that the groups of students attending are kept as small as possible.  ESP will be closed on Monday, January 18, (MLK Day).

It is our objective to get all students back in the schools together as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.  We hope to make a decision by Wednesday, January 20, on which plan we will employ to educate our students moving forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.



MCS News Update

School Board to Hold Interviews for New Director

The Murfreesboro City School Board will hold interviews for the Director of Schools position January 11- January 15 at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night. Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, in-person attendance is limited to only school board members, city council liaison, school board attorney, and the current Director. Public access to the interviews will be done via broadcast on MCTV Channel 3.

MCS News Update

Asynchronous Learning – Dec. 14-18

Murfreesboro City Schools will transition to asynchronous learning days Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18. Asynchronous learning means that instruction does not have to occur at the same time and allows parents and students flexibility in the school day.

Assignments for the week will be sent home with students on Friday, December 11 or available for parent pick-up on Monday, December 14.  Student attendance will be taken daily by Class Dojo or another form of teacher communication.  ESP will be open from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. daily.

Breakfast and lunch will be available at all schools for parent pick up from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.  Meals for Thursday and Friday will be available with the Wednesday pick up.  The Chow Bus will run a condensed route to 14 locations.

This decision was made due to the rising numbers of COVID quarantines in our district.


Click here for CHOW sites and times

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Discovery School Logo

Discovery School Application Deadline Approaches

Discovery School is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Applications as well as additional information is now available on the school website. Zoom meetings and video releases will be available in mid-December for parents interested in learning more about the admission process. Application deadline is Wednesday, January 8, 2021.

Discovery School, founded in 2005, was created to serve high achieving students in Murfreesboro. Discovery was named a Tennessee Reward School and a Tennessee Designated STEM School in 2019. The Tennessee State Board of Education also recognized Discovery School in 2018 as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Informational zoom meetings are scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, December 16 at 10 a.m. A Facebook Live video will also be broadcast on Monday, December 14 at 10 a.m. Virtual school tours will be available mid-December.

Applications will be accepted for students in all grade levels. Students must be five years of age by August 15, 2021 to apply to kindergarten.

(View Our Virtual Steam Walk and School Tour)

For additional information, visit or by call Discovery School at 615-895-2123. Email to receive the zoom link for the information sessions.

Discovery School is located at 1165 Middle Tennessee Boulevard and is part of Murfreesboro City Schools, a proud district committed to the academic and personal success of each child.

Transition to Traditional or Distance Learning

Jan 5 – March 17 Parent Option

Murfreesboro City Schools will continue with traditional classroom learning with an opt out option for students.

A choice distance learning parent agreement must be completed between November 30 and December 13 for parents to opt children out of the traditional school setting.  All parents choosing distance learning, including parents currently utilizing choice distance learning, must complete a new opt-out form located in Skyward Parent Portal – located at the top right corner of this website. Principal approval is required for all distance learning.

Unless the school district moves to another instruction plan, all students must remain in the instruction plan they start until the end of a nine-week grading period. With all models, students will be expected to receive 6.5 hours of instruction for 180 days.  Attendance will be taken, and grades will be given for work completed.

At any point during the academic year, MCS may switch instructional models based on the circumstances of the pandemic.

Parent Choice – Nov 30-Dec 13



MCS News Update

MCS Moves to Asynchronous Learning

On Monday and Tuesday, all students at MCS will move to asynchronous learning due to COVID related absences and quarantines. In-person learners will return to school on November 30.

The district is closing to allow time for some students and staff members to complete quarantines while taking this opportunity to deep clean our schools.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause for parents and our students. However, at this time, asynchronous learning is the best option for Monday and Tuesday.

The school’s administration and your child’s teacher will follow-up with you regarding logistics concerning distance learning. Please look for additional information soon on Dojo. Attendance will be taken on both days.

ESP will also be open from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday for students currently not on quarantine. Overall Creek ESP will remain closed until November 30.

Breakfast and lunch meals for both days can be picked up on Monday at the schools from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

MCS adds 3 Distance Learning Days

Murfreesboro City Schools will adjust 3 school days to distance learning for the 2020-21 school year.  The newly designated distance learning days will be brought before the Murfreesboro City School Board on November 10, 2020 for approval.  The days include Tuesday, November 24, Friday, February 5 and Friday, March 19.

These distance learning days are considered asynchronous days which means that instruction does not have to occur in the same place or at the same time.  This allows parents and students flexibility in the school day.

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