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The board has hired a superintendent, David Stephens, former deputy superintendent of Shelby County Schools and principal of Bolton High School.
Superintendent Stephens is working with the school board and the City of Bartlett to prepare and submit a plan to create a LEA for State of Tennessee approval. Once the plan is approved, the district can begin making other hires and continue its work setting up the new school system.
Meanwhile, the board has scheduled their monthly meetings on 4th Thursdays at 7pm at Bartlett City Hall, and they are working on policies and many other issues. Meeting notices and minutes are available at bartlettschools.org. The website isn’t much to look at yet, but the district plans a branding rollout and accompanying website design later this month.
In addition, Supt. Stephens is also working with the superintendent of SCS to hold a “community-wide preregistration” for parents and students in February.
For more information, parents and other interested members of the community are encouraged to attend the monthly school board meetings, or to contact the school board with any questions or comments using the contact information below.
Bartlett City School Board:
David Stephens, Superintendent:
Please join us in offering congratulations to our newly (re)elected Bartlett School Board members:
This is a very talented group of professionals, and we look forward to working with them to build an excellent school system in Bartlett.
We offer them our thanks for the hours they have already committed for the benefit of Bartlett children and families — as activists, as members of the Bartlett Education Advisory Committee, and as candidates — and for the role they will play in the months and years ahead.
Our thanks also to the other candidates who offered themselves up in this election. We appreciate your willingness to serve and hope you will continue to play a role in the success of Bartlett’s school district.
The Committee for Better Bartlett Schools invites you to join us for a Bartlett School Board candidate mixer.
Monday, October 21
6:30pm – 8:30pm (come and go)
Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center
(3663 Appling Road)
There are seven school board candidates and each will have an area to set up where you can speak to them. They will also display their campaign materials, signs, etc.
Candidates for Bartlett School Board – November 7, 2013
Position 1 – (2013-2016)
Position 3 – (2013-2016)
Position 4 – (2013-2014)
The referendum approving a Bartlett school system has passed.
Once the results of the referendum are certified by the Shelby County Election Commission, a date will be set for the school board special election.
Meanwhile, a group of education experts, school board candidates and other volunteers are working together on the city’s education advisory committee. The committee’s task is to produce a set of plans for the new school system that are as complete and comprehensive as possible. This will allow the elected school board members to begin from a running start, with a workable budget and a set of policies to govern the school district.
The school board’s first task will be to hire a superintendent, and he or she will perform all of the other hires and execute the plans adopted by the school board.
We encourage Bartlett citizens to remain active and alert throughout this process. Better Bartlett Schools will continue to share information and advocate on behalf of the residents of Bartlett.
WITH ELECTION RESULTS: Suburbs choose municipal schools (The Bartlett Express)
What’s Next for Shelby County Municipal School Districts (ABC 24)
Municipalities weigh next moves for school districts (Daily News)
We did it, Bartlett! Many thanks to all our volunteers and supporters. Congrats also to the other munis and the citizen groups who fought for their kids and communities. We also want to thank our elected officials who made this vote possible. Today we celebrate. Tomorrow, back to work making a school system that will provide excellent education, draw families to our city, and attract business. Great job, everyone!
- CA: Voters say ‘yes’ to separate school districts in Memphis suburbs
- Daily News: Suburban Schools Districts Approved Again Overwhelmingly
- FOX 13: 6 Shelby Co. suburbs vote to create muni school districts
- ABC 24: Suburbs Celebrate Municipal Schools Victory
City of Bartlett Ordinance 13-06
13 of 13 Precincts Reporting (100%)
YES 7033 (91.37%)
NO 664 (8.63%)
The yard signs are back up all around the city, and Bartlett is ready to vote again to start a municipal school district.
The referendum is set for Tuesday, July 16, and creating a Bartlett school system is the only item on the ballot.
Early voting in Bartlett begins Saturday, July 6, and continues on Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11, at Bethel Church, 5586 Stage Road.
On election day, voting will take place at the regular election day precinct locations.
Visit the Shelby County Election Commission website, shelbyvote.com, for details.
Last year Bartlett voters approved a 1/2 cent local option sales tax increase to fund the new school system. That vote was not cancelled by the court, so the funding stream is already in place. This time voters will only be voting (again) on whether to approve the creation of a new school system.
The ballot question reads as follows:
City of Bartlett
Shall the City of Bartlett create a municipal school system that shall meet the standards of adequacy established by applicable State law and regulation, which standards include raising and spending each year the required amount of local funds for the operation of the municipal school system that, for calculation purposes only, would at least be equal to the amount that would be raised through a fifteen cents ($.15) tax levy on each One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) of taxable property for each year if all such taxes were collected?
Stressing the importance of voting YES! for Bartlett schools on July 16, the rally was kicked off by Rev. Kenneth Whalum, Jr., followed by Rep. Ron Lollar, former Bartlett school board member-elect Erin Berry, Shelby County School Board member David Reaves, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald, and Derek Venckus of Better Bartlett Schools.
Two video reports are below: Continue reading
The get-out-the-vote rally will be held at Bethel Church, where early voting will take place next month. That’s at 5586 Stage Road in Bartlett.
Come pick up a yard sign and hear from an all-star lineup of speakers:
- Keith McDonald – Mayor of Bartlett
- Ron Lollar – Tennessee State Representative
- David Reaves – Shelby County School Board Member
- Erin Berry – former Bartlett School Board member-elect
- And other special guests!
We’ll get the latest news on the Bartlett school movement and the July 16 referendum, and hear what’s ahead for children and educators in our city.
Bring your family and friends, and help us celebrate the future of Bartlett schools!
Congratulations to everyone that has worked so hard for the creation of a municipal school district in Bartlett.
The recent votes in the Tennessee General Assembly in favor of a bill lifting the ban on municipal school districts throughout the state, and the Governor’s decision to sign the bill into law this afternoon, were major steps in the right direction. However, there is still work to be done to achieve our goal, and we are confident that by working together we will be able to accomplish great things.
We are now making preparations for the new referendum, which the suburban Mayors have targeted for Tuesday, July 16. We have already received many new requests for yard signs, and we are putting together a plan to raise the funds needed to place a new order, as well as get them distributed quickly. We will share further details with you soon.
Better Bartlett Schools would also like to take this opportunity to let you know more about a project in which one of our members is involved. Mick Wright is part of a group leading the efforts to recall Shelby County Commission Chairman Mike Ritz. For more information, please visit www.RecallRitz.com.
Thank you for your dedication to ensuring a high quality education for the children of Bartlett.
The Committee for Better Bartlett Schools