All employees must reapply for jobs at five Metro schools

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 8:08pm

Five Metro schools will be “fresh-started” over the summer, with all employees asked to reapply for their jobs, Metro Nashville Public Schools has announced.

The five schools are Napier Enhanced Option Elementary, Shwab Elementary, John Early Middle, Cameron Middle and Whites Creek High School. All five schools have reached some stage of targeted activity after failing certain federal No Child Left Behind benchmarks.

A statement from MNPS says the schools were selected for the fresh starts because they have “struggled for a number of years to show significant progress in student achievement.”

“We have visited these schools, analyzed the data and reviewed their history of progress, and we have concerns their students are not making the progress that is needed,” Director of Schools Jesse Register said in the statement. “These fresh starts are a proactive effort to put in place a strong, transformational leadership team at these schools, supported by highly-qualified, fully certified staff.”

Employees of the schools have been notified of the change and have received paperwork needed to begin reapplying. All administrative, teaching and support staff jobs are affected. New principals for the schools will be appointed by Register in the next few weeks.