To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child

Salem Elementary

Registration is Now Open!

Registration and Parent Meeting Flyer
Parent Information Meetings
The same information will be shared at all meetings and families may attend any meeting.

Tuesdays, April 16th & May 14th
6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Church
2511 New Salem Hwy

Located near the corner of St. Andrews Drive and Veterans Parkway, Salem Elementary will become home to a new family of students coming together to create a culture of positivity and collaboration. Students and teachers will work in a hands-on learning atmosphere focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Salem will empower students to achieve success and create a culture of excellence for students, staff, parents and our community.

Trey Duke, Principal 615.893.2313

ESP Questions
Lisa Bailey

Zoning or Waiver Questions?
Contact Kim Fischer

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Salem Elementary: Frequently Asked Questions

Salem Elementary Logo
1. What are the school’s bell times?
Salem Elementary will operate on the same bell schedule as Overall Creek, Scales, and Cason Lane. Classes will begin at 7:30a.m. and the school day will end at 2:30 p.m. The school doors open at 7:15 a.m. for students not participating in morning ESP.

2. Will there be ESP at Salem Elementary?
Yes, Salem Elementary will have a full ESP program! Before and after school childcare is available from 6:00a.m. until 7:15a.m. in the morning and from 2:30p.m. until 6:00p.m. in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Children may stay for both morning and afternoon sessions or only attend one. Information regarding fees, class options, and attendance options are available from our Salem ESP office. You may contact the Salem ESP Director, Lisa Bailey, at

3. Does my incoming Kindergarten student have to be screened? When will that happen?
Yes, all incoming kindergarten students will take a basic screening test. When you register your student for school you will select and sig- up for a screening time. Screenings will take place on July 30th from 11:00 – 3:00 and on July 31st from 8:00 – 3:00. Screenings will last approximately 15 minutes.

4. If my child has an IEP or is in the Scholars program, will they still have access to those programs when they begin at Salem?
Salem Elementary will be providing comparable services to the Murfreesboro City School your child is transferring from, and we will work closely with your child’s current school to ensure there is a smooth transition to Salem Elementary. If you are coming to Salem from a school outside of Murfreesboro City, there is a place on the registration form to identify services your child is receiving. We will do records request to obtain the information from the school and work with you to ensure a smooth transition.

5. Is there a PTO, or can I be involved in the school?
We value parent and community involvement at Salem Elementary School. If you are interested in participating in our Parent-Teacher Organization, please email for more information.

6. How will bus transportation work?
Bus transportation will be provided for students living in the Salem Elementary transportation zone. Transportation routes for the 2019-2020 school year can be accessed on the link below. This link is provided for planning purposes for the 2019-2020 school year and does not reflect the current routes.

7. Will they be putting sidewalks on Saint Andrews?
This decision regarding sidewalks is made by the city of Murfreesboro. We do not anticipate having sidewalks on Saint Andrews by the time school starts for the 2019-2020 school year.

8. Will they be widening Saint Andrews?
This decision regarding widening roads is made by the city of Murfreesboro. We do not anticipate Saint Andrews being widened by the time school starts for the 2019-2020 school year.

The main entrance for Salem Elementary will be a new access road being built off of Veteran’s Parkway.

9. Can my child walk or ride their bike to school?
Only students in 2nd – 6th grade may be walkers or bike riders, and this choice should be noted by parents on the student’s registration form under the transportation section. Students in kindergarten or 1st grade will not be allowed to walk or ride their bikes home unless they are escorted by an older sibling in 3rd – 6th grade. A student’s route home must have access to sidewalks and be free of crossing major roads where crossing guards are not present.

10. Will Salem be accepting zone waivers?
Yes, Salem Elementary will be accepting zone waiver applications for the 2019- 2020 school year for both city and county residents. Zone waiver applications can be picked up at the Murfreesboro City Schools’ Central Office located at 2552 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37127.

11. How do I register my child?
Current Murfreesboro City School’s Students zoned for Salem Elementary can log into their Skyward account to update their registration information for the 2019- 2020 school year. If you need help accessing this information, please contact your current school office.

Upcoming kindergarten students and students new to Murfreesboro City Schools can pick up a registration packet at the Murfreesboro City Schools’ Central Office located at 2552 South Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37127.

12. Who do I contact if I have further questions?
Trey Duke, Principal of Salem Elementary –

Kim Fischer – Zone Waivers/Registration –

Lacie Young – Zone Waivers/Registration –

Salem Mascot Joins Team

Salem Elementary, home of the Saints, will feature the Saint Bernard as the mascot.

The official school colors of Navy Blue, Carolina Blue and Golden Tan and will be displayed on the logo as well as throughout the school.

Salem will empower students to achieve success and create a culture of excellence for students, staff, parents and our community.

The Saint Bernard is known to be inquisitive, friendly, watchful and intelligent.

Engage.   Excel.   Empower. 

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.


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


Name The 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.  A school mascot can also be suggested.

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.

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.

Quick Overview of New School

3275 St. Andrews Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 (near corner of Veterans Parkway and St. Andrews Drive)

  • 27-acres of land
  • Two story design similar to Overall Creek Elementary.
  • 140,000 square feet including 51 regular classrooms and two special education classrooms.
  • School features underground geothermal heating and cooling system.
  • The school gym will have bleachers that can hold 693 people and an additional 600 seats can be added on the court for stage presentations and performances.
Construction Partners
Rawso LLC – excavation and grading
RG Anderson – construction
Johnson + Bailey Architects – architectural design

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