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1. Day One -

Five school years into the historic merger and demerger of public education in Shelby County, the start of the sixth school year classes this month shows the change is establishing very real roots.

2. Here are Seven Memphis Charter Schools in Danger of Closing -

Seven Memphis charter schools could close in 2020 if they don’t improve, based on Shelby County Schools’ first report card comparing its schools.

The district’s newly released school performance scorecard rated seven of its 51 charters below 2 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the top score. Under a new accountability system for charter schools, those that fall below 2 automatically begin a review process and must improve within two years or face revocation of their charters by the school board.

3. Cummins to Join SCS Tech Education Program at East -

Cummins Inc. will partner with Shelby County Schools to open a technical education center at East High School.

4. Memphis Independent Schools Offer Varied Approaches to Early Childhood Learning -

Research has shown show early childhood education sets the foundation for academic success in elementary school, and Memphis’ independent schools boast a number of high-quality preschool programs with expert educators, innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technology.

5. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

6. Education Expert Cites Need for Preschool Access, Higher Teacher Pay -

Education research continues to show that early intervention sets the foundation for students’ future academic success. On Friday, Memphis’ Hutchison School hosted nationally acclaimed education researcher Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden for a talk titled "How Critical Is a Strong Early Childhood Education.”

7. New Academic Year Brings Changes, Familiar Issues -

The school year for most students in Shelby County begins Monday, Aug. 7. But teachers and school administrators mentally remain at least a few weeks ahead, if not more – a permanent condition for educators.

8. Memphis Charter Schools Get $5M in State Grants -

Ten Memphis charter schools are getting a $5 million block of grants from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the grants Thursday, June 15, from a pool of $19 million in federal funding the state was awarded last fall specifically to expand the number and availability of charter schools to students.

9. Memphis Charter Schools Get $5M in State Grants -

Ten Memphis charter schools are getting a $5 million block of grants from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the grants Thursday, June 15, from a pool of $19 million in federal funding the state was awarded last fall specifically to expand the number and availability of charter schools to students.

10. ASD Loses 29 Employees in ESSA Shift -

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in running the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

The changes, which include another 16 positions in the central office, are the most significant ever for the ASD, which takes over state schools in the bottom 5 percent in terms of academic achievement.

11. ASD Sheds 29 Employees in ESSA Shift -

The state-run Achievement School District is losing 29 employees including 13 who are involved in the direct running of the first schools in Frayser taken over by the district in 2012.

The changes, which include another 16 positions in the central office, are the most significant change to the district for the bottom 5 percent of public schools in the state in terms of academic achievement.

12. Neighborhood Preservation Awards $10K to MLK Prep -

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. has awarded Frayser Community Schools, the charter school company that operates Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School in Frayser, a $10,000 grant to improve the baseball field and other athletic and recreational facilities on the high school’s campus, 1530 Dellwood Ave.

13. Neighborhood Preservation Awards $10K to MLK Prep -

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. has awarded Frayser Community Schools, the charter school company that operates Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School in Frayser, a $10,000 grant to improve the baseball field and other athletic and recreational facilities on the high school’s campus, 1530 Dellwood Ave.

14. New Tri-State Defender Has Credibility, Influence in the Community -

When president and publisher Bernal E. Smith II speaks about his newspaper, The New Tri-State Defender, and how business is conducted today and what’s necessary for success going forward, he sounds like just about any other newspaper executive trying to navigate today’s quick-change media world.

15. Dunbar Elementary Gets Reprieve, But Carnes Closing -

Dunbar Elementary School will remain open next August, while Carnes Elementary will close its doors forever at the end of the current school year.

The Shelby County Schools board voted unanimously Tuesday, Jan. 31, to close Carnes after SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson withdrew his recommendation to close Dunbar.

16. Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope' -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Hopson expressed concern Tuesday, Jan. 31, about violent crime in the city after a spike in January in which there were five homicides in one weekend across the city. Two of the five people who died were each 15-years old and both Shelby County Schools students.

17. Frayser Charter Seeks to Take Over Humes Prep Academy -

Bobby White admits Humes Preparatory Academy is a “challenging situation.”

“But it’s a situation that is manageable,” he told a group of 40 people in the auditorium of the North Memphis school Wednesday, Jan. 11.

18. Klondike Parents Review Options in Closing -

Most students at Klondike Preparatory Academy in North Memphis will be able to attend Vollentine Elementary next school year with transportation provided by Shelby County Schools.

That’s what leaders of the state-run Achievement School District told 70 parents, students, teachers and community members Monday, Jan. 9, at a meeting about the closing of Klondike.

19. Klondike Parents Explore Vollentine Transfers, Other Options -

Most students at Klondike Preparatory Academy in North Memphis will be able to attend Vollentine Elementary School next school year with transportation provided by Shelby County Schools.

That’s what leaders of the state-run Achievement School District told a group of 70 parents, students, teachers and community members Monday, Jan. 9, at a meeting about the closing of Klondike as an ASD school at the end of the current school year.

20. Crosstown High Hires Terrill As Executive Director -

Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.

The board of Crosstown High announced Monday, Jan. 2, that it has named Chris Terrill, an educator from Mooresville, North Carolina, as the school’s first executive director.

21. More Black Students, and Memphis Students, Suspended in Tennessee Schools -

Half of suspensions across Tennessee in the 2014-15 school year were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis.

Statewide, 20 percent of black male students were suspended at least once that year. Black students were also more than five times as likely as white students to be suspended.

22. Town Hall Meetings Reflect Shift in Protest Discussions -

Almost three months after Black Lives Matter movement protestors shut down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge and as a result, opened talks with the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, some of the civic discussion has moved to economic issues.

23. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

24. Mayor Starts Post-Protest Community Meetings -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will kick off a series of community meetings Oct. 25 in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in July and August.

25. Startup Confidential: 15 Interviews Later -

“Should I be doing this? How do I know I’m on the right track? What does success look like? Um … should I be doing this?” Those were the questions I woke up with nearly every day in the months after I launched my own business in March of this year.

26. Local Teachers Receive Training in ‘Culturally Responsive’ Teaching -

In the weeks before school began, every teacher and staff member at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School went through a new training.

27. Webb: ‘The Most Important Thing is Talent’ -

When Roblin Webb graduated from Rhodes College with an urban studies major, she knew she wanted to make a difference, and working as a civil rights lawyer seemed like the right way to do it. So she headed to law school and grad school at Rutgers, in New Jersey, then came back to Memphis and got a job at a law firm. 

28. Home Visits Help Memphis Teachers Know Their Students Before the First Bell Rings -

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 8, but a week before classes began, first-year teacher Aleesia Isom already had met most of her students — in their homes.

Early home visits are part of the foundation for teacher training at Memphis Delta Preparatory, a 300-student, K-4 charter school that will open this month under a contract with Shelby County Schools. One of the charter’s 18 teachers will have visited the homes of each student by the time school starts on Monday.

29. Last Word: Blight Fight Second Stage, Hickory Hill Schools and Brexit React -

If you had never seen blight and wanted to see it in order to define it, there are several places in Memphis that could give you the on sight definition you were seeking. At the top of that list would probably be Frayser.

30. Frayser Targeted as Pilot Area for Citywide Fight Against Blight -

Last week, a wrecking team demolished a single-family home in the Washington Heights neighborhood in South Memphis. The effort, organized by United Housing Inc. and backed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the first of its kind to take place.

31. ‘Critical Mass’ -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson calls it “a brave new world” after four years of unprecedented changes: the merger and demerger of the county’s public schools systems, the rise of charter schools, the formation of both the state-run Achievement School District and locally run Innovation Zone model, and declining SCS enrollment.

32. Crosstown High Organizers Say It Will Be Innovative, Whether Charter or Optional -

Crosstown High School could be a charter school after all.

That was the original plan when charter operator Gestalt Community Schools signed on as one of the early tenants of Crosstown Concourse, the transformation of the old Sears Tower on Cleveland Avenue. When Gestalt pulled out of the project in late 2015, a group of philanthropists and community leaders rallied to recruit another school for the mixed-use high-rise.

33. Daughter of Duality, Gibbs is Building a Better Justice System -

Say you stole a television worth $300. How long should you be punished? A year? Five years? Whatever you answered, it probably wasn’t “for the rest of your life.” But that’s how the U.S. legal system currently treats many people who have been convicted of felonies.

34. Brandye Lee Training a New Generation of Diverse Dancers -

Brandye Lee is Memphis dance royalty. And like any true queen, she’s impossible to please.

“Jones, pull your tailbone down!” she screams. “No thumbs! And you have to get to fifth faster.”

35. Proposed Used Car Lot In South City Draws Ire -

An applicant seeking to operate a used car lot at 704 Vance Ave. will go before the Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Dec. 16, in what seemingly would be a cut-and-dry affair with the BOA staff recommending conditional approval.

36. The Haven -

It’s not hard to find remnants of Whitehaven’s past in a drive down Elvis Presley Boulevard, but none of those reminders are as vivid as the 122-year-old Whitehaven High School.

“It’s really the glue that holds the community together,” said 1990 graduate, and Shelby County Schools superintendent, Dorsey Hopson. “You have some of the poorest kids that we have in the state attend there. You also have some of the most high-performing kids in the state attend there. You truly have all segments of all kinds of communities both in the school zone and outside the zone who descend on ‘The Haven’ every single day.”

37. Precinct Breakdown Maps Mayoral Race Battlefield -

A precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the vote in the Memphis mayor’s race shows Mayor-elect Jim Strickland carried eight of the 10 highest turnout precincts, five of them with better than 65 percent of the vote.

38. Memphis College Prep Renovating Former Dunn Avenue Elementary -

1500 Dunn Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

Permit Amount: $1.4 million

Application Date: Sept. 30

39. Memphis College Prep Pulls $1.4M Permit for New School -

The building previously known as Dunn Avenue Elementary is getting ready for its first group of students since 2013, according to several permits and deeds recently filed by Memphis College Preparatory School Inc.

40. Memphis College Prep Pulls $1.4M Permit for New School -

The building previously known as Dunn Avenue Elementary is getting ready for its first group of students since 2013, according to several permits and deeds recently filed by Memphis College Preparatory School Inc.

41. Memphis Catholic Puts Education To Work -

Milestones are an important part of life that remind us of something that matters.

It’s a needed pause that says, “Look how far we’ve come, and we’re not finished yet.” That’s exactly what Memphis Catholic High School’s Education That Works program is doing this year as it marks its 10th year of operation.

42. High School Students to Host Mayoral Debate Saturday -

Memphis youth will lend their voices to the city’s mayoral debate by hosting their own forum with the candidates.

The forum will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Christ in You Faith Temple, 3414 Reynard Road in Frayser. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 5 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to interact with current Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and candidates Harold Collins, Jim Strickland and Mike Williams.

43. Memphis' Bigger Brothers -

If spending begins with saving, then Brother Adrian Powers’ fingerprints are all over the $25 million improvement campaign at Christian Brothers High School that includes a $10 million athletic development center.

44. Cloverleaf Shopping Center Sells in $4.8 Million Deal -

5071, 5079 and 5150 Summer Ave.
761 N. White Station Road
Memphis, TN 38122

45. CBHS to Build $10 Million Athletics Facility -

Christian Brothers High School is building a $10 million athletics complex on its East Memphis campus.

46. Welcome Back -

When Shelby County’s public schools open for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, it will mark the first time in three years that there will be no historic, structural changes to the systems themselves.

47. Frayser Flexibility -

Steve Lockwood could see the retail row across North Watkins Street from his office at the Frayser Community Development Corp. in the Georgian Hills Shopping Center.

48. On Saban, Calipari and NCAA grandstanding -

Hold up your hand if you’re an Alabama football player and you have not been arrested in the last week. Three Crimson Tide players were arrested, one on suspicion of domestic violence, another for driving under the influence and another on a marijuana charge.

49. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

50. Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership -

The state-run Achievement School District is changing the leadership of its Frayser public schools.

Tim Ware, who began his career as a history teacher at Frayser High School, was named Monday, March 23, as executive director of the ASD Achievement Schools in Frayser.

51. Clean Pathways Revives City Anti-Blight Effort -

The city’s anti-blight contracts with nonprofit groups are back under new terms.

City Public Works division grants of $75,000 each went to Lifeline to Success and Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives to remove blighted conditions in a two- to four-block radius of schools across the city twice a month for four months.

52. Humes Rises From Bottom 5 Percent of Tennessee Schools -

Humes Preparatory Academy is no longer in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state in terms of student achievement, as measured by state education officials.

That according to school-by-school test data from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data, released by state education officials Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Nashville.

53. Private Schools Credit Range of Reasons for Growth -

While much of the public’s attention remains focused on the newly consolidated public schools, many of the Mid-South’s privately funded schools are quietly heralding their own milestones and new developments.

54. GiVE 365 Grants $88,000 to 12 Nonprofits -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis made it easier for a dozen Memphis nonprofits to continue the good they do in the community when it announced the recipients of this year’s GiVE 365 grantees last week.

55. Achievement School District Fields Questions at Carver -

The Achievement School District and the charter school operator that could run Carver or Fairley high schools for the state-run school district got lots of questions and some skepticism Monday, Sept. 16, at Carver.

56. International Educator Dunster Leading Lausanne’s Upper School -

In addition to new schoolmates, teachers and subjects, students at Lausanne Collegiate School will need to get used to a new face roaming the halls and keeping order this school year, the 87th in its history.

57. Ramsey Brings Wealth of Experience to Frayser School -

For a new school principal arriving in Memphis, this might seem like at least an interesting time and place to become a school administrator.

For Russ Ramsey, he is also starting a new school in August that is part of the state-run Achievement School District in an area of Memphis where all but one school is among the lowest performing in the state in terms of student achievement.

58. High School Addition -

Three weeks before the first school year of the Achievement School District ended in May, parents and students at Westside Achievement Middle School began to prepare for the addition of a separate ninth-grade academy at the Frayser school opening this August.

59. Achievement School District Adds High School -

The state-run Achievement School District ventures into high school territory in August with the start of its second school year.

Most of the ASD schools for the lowest 5 percent in the state in terms of student achievement are in Memphis. And so far, those schools, either run directly by the district or through charter school operators, are in elementary and middle schools.

60. Council OKs Severance for Auto Inspection -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 16, a severance package for city workers at auto inspection stations as talks continue among the city, county and state governments about who will operate the emissions testing at those stations.

61. Council Approves Severance for Auto Inspection -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, April 16, a severance package for city workers at auto inspection stations as talks continue among the city, county and state governments about who will operate the emissions testing at those stations.

62. Wharton Pitches Budget With 28-Cent Property Tax Rate Hike -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presented a $622.5 million operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 16, that would require a property tax rate increase of 28 cents.

That would bring the city property tax rate, currently at $3.11, to $3.39.

63. Budget Season Opens With Wharton Proposal -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presents his budget proposal Tuesday, April 16, to the Memphis City Council for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

And council members will probably be listening closely for one dollar amount in particular and how Wharton proposes to deal with it.

64. Turley: ‘You Can Be Somebody in Memphis’ -

Years after Henry Turley experienced the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, took advantage of the Community Reinvestment Act and persuaded banks to reinvest in the Downtown core, not to mention spearheaded revitalization in the Harbor Town and Uptown areas, he’s making a “micro bet” on building nice neighborhoods around excellent schools.

65. School Budget Debate Far From Over -

The countywide school board’s $145 million “ask” is on its way to the Shelby County Commission.

There was much debate among board members about the amount but general agreement that they need more details about what would be in even a preliminary budget.

66. Bishop Byrne Will Close, Merge With Memphis Catholic -

Memphis Catholic Bishop J. Terry Steib likens the coming changes in two well-known Catholic schools with long histories to a nova.

“Later this spring we will reshape Memphis Catholic High School and Bishop Byrne High School into one entity,” Steib said in a recorded announcement Thursday, Jan. 24, as the closing of Bishop Byrne at the end of the current school year was announced. “Like the stars of the universe – a nova that implodes creates more stars – Memphis Catholic and Bishop Byrne have reached their peaks and will now help to build a model diocesan school. The best of Bishop Byrne and Memphis Catholic will be used to create the new star.”

67. Jones Center Fulfills Dream at First Assembly Christian School -

If the walls could talk in the log cabin on the campus of First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, they might tell stories of home life in 1836 or of the visiting missionaries who used to stay there.

68. Harding Academy Renews Focus as School Turns 60 -

Harding Academy of Memphis celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a renewed focus on its main campus in East Memphis on Cherry Road.

The school is wrapping up the first wave of major renovations to the campus, and more are in the early planning stages for the next few years.

69. Glankler Brown’s Humphreys Carrying on Family Name -

R. Hunter Humphreys Jr. considers himself a rare breed of law student – one that didn’t want to pursue a legal career in litigation.

Now an associate at Glankler Brown PLLC, Humphreys specializes in secured lending, commercial and residential real estate and general business transactions. He occasionally makes an appearance in Probate Court, but his practice does not typically require much courtroom activity.

70. Charter School Shifts Part of Ongoing Changes -

It was just a few months ago that Lakeview Elementary School in southwest Memphis was closed by the Memphis City Schools system – part of a shift of school-age students out of the western parts of the city to the eastern parts of the city and Shelby County.

71. Board Approves Charter Moves to Old MCS Buildings -

The countywide school board approved Tuesday, July 31, leases for two established charter schools to move into two recently closed schools.

Veritas College Prep will start its school year Aug. 20 at the old Georgia Avenue Elementary School and Freedom Preparatory Academy will start on the same date at the old Lakeview Elementary School.

72. School Board Takes First Steps Toward Merger Supt. And Plan -

Countywide school board members gave themselves a majority of the seats on a 13-member committee to begin the search for a superintendent to lead Shelby County’s two public school systems into an August 2013 merger and beyond.

73. Chronicle Article Brings to Light Academic Concerns at U of M -

Dasmine Cathey is better known now than he ever was as a player on the University of Memphis football team.

Cathey’s on-again, off-again pursuit of passing grades and academic eligibility at the university is told in “The Education of Dasmine Cathey,” an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by reporter Brad Wolverton.

74. More Than A Taste of Jubilee -

Last week we highlighted the Salvation Army, which is working everyday to fight hunger, homelessness, addiction, poverty and abuse here in the Mid-South. This week, let us discuss an organization that is educating children in urban areas of Memphis, affording them opportunities to learn, grow and succeed in a faith-based environment regardless of their socioeconomic status: the Jubilee Schools.

75. Adding Some Soul to School -

Last week we focused on attracting, developing and retaining knowledge workers and leaders in our city and noted that it takes each of us doing our part for Memphis to succeed. This week let us spotlight an organization that is dedicated to preparing students for success in college and life in an academically rigorous, music-rich environment: The Soulsville Charter School.

76. GiVE 365 Offers ‘Fishing Lessons’ -

Last week we spotlighted Memphis Teacher Residency, a nonprofit working to recruit, equip, and retain excellent teachers to work in Memphis’ urban areas where the need for strong educators is most critical. This week let us recognize the efforts of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and a group of community-minded individuals who came together through GiVE 365 and recently awarded grants totaling $49,278 to nine local nonprofits.

77. ‘Your Moment’ -

Dr. Steve Perry, the principal and founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Connecticut, tweeted a warning Thursday, Oct. 20, before he came to Memphis to speak at the request of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club about children and education.

78. KIPP Diamond Academy Adds Ninth-Grade Class -

The KIPP Diamond Academy, 230 Henry St., is one of a handful of charter schools that have succeeded in the Memphis area in the last 10 years, and the school is now expanding by adding a ninth-grade class starting July 11.

79. Emphasis on Education -

The gross domestic product of manufacturing in Tennessee has risen by 25 percent in the last eight years and the number of Tennesseans employed in manufacturing is down 33 percent, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam noted this week during a visit to Memphis.

80. Haslam Stumps in Memphis for Education Reform -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is in Memphis Wednesday, June 15, for two stops key to his new administration’s education reform efforts.

Haslam will speak at noon on the first day of the two-day Martin Institute Summer Conference at Presbyterian Day School.

81. Burns Aims to Help PDS Work Toward Public Purpose -

Lee Burns has always been passionate about education.

Although his job as headmaster is to inspire the more than 630 boys that attend Presbyterian Day School, it was his grandfather, Maj. Arthur Burns, and Lee’s brother, Graham, who first inspired Burns to learn.

82. Giving Through Scholarships -

Last week we talked about the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and ways you can partner with them to help children who have been abused. This week let us look at how we can help shape our community and future leaders through scholarships.

83. Team Work -

January is National Mentoring Month, and the Memphis Grizzlies TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Initiative is preparing to launch its new TEAM Mentoring program.

Instead of traditional one-on-one mentoring, the new program, inspired by other successful models across the country, will feature a 1-to-3 adult-to-student ratio.

84. Deck the Halls -

From scenic Shelby Farms Park to the storefronts of South Main Street, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Memphis landmarks deck the halls.

85. City Council Delays UDC Vote Until August -

The Memphis City Council Tuesday put off a third and final vote on a Unified Development Code (UDC) until its first meeting in August.

Several council members said they wanted a full briefing on the rewrite of both the city and county codes. The Shelby County Commission is preparing for its final vote on the same code.

86. Council to Delve Into Contract Fine Print -

Memphis City Council members will be dealing with lots of contract fine print Tuesday during their executive session.

The session will mark round two of questioning by council members about the city’s settlement in June of part of an 11-year-old lawsuit involving the city and Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment.

87. CCDC to Consider Loan, Grant Applications -

The board of directors for the Center City Development Corp. at its meeting Wednesday will discuss a development loan application for a corner location at 77 S. Main St. and 85 Union Ave. and a second one for the Memphis College Preparatory Elementary School at 278 Greenlaw Ave.

88. Takeover of Failing Schools Not Done Deal -

A state takeover of any public schools isn’t going to happen until 2011 at the earliest, Memphis schools superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said late last week after an afternoon of conference calls with state education commissioner Tim Webb.

89. Dudek Promoted to Member At Glankler Brown -

Amy Dudek has been promoted to a member at Glankler Brown PLLC. Dudek was an associate with the firm for more than seven years.

90. U of M’s Heath Given Distinguished Teaching Award -

Dr. Julia Heath, professor of economics at the University of Memphis, has been honored with the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award by the Southern Economic Association.

91. New School to Provide Affordable, Private, Christian Education -

Parents soon will have a new educational choice for their children as the Collegiate School of Memphis - an independent, urban, Christian college preparatory school - prepares to open this fall.

Anonymous donors have funded the creation of the school, which will be housed on the site of Highland Heights Baptist Church, 675 National Ave., in the Berclair neighborhood.

92. New School to Rise On Church Property -

675 National St.
Memphis, TN 38122
Permit Cost: $5 million
Project Cost: $5 million
Permit Date: Applied February 2008
Completion: August 2008
Owner: Highland Heights Baptist Church
Tenant: Collegiate School of Memphis
Architect: Fleming/Associates/Architects PC (Memphis)
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Details: Collegiate School of Memphis, a recently formed independent secondary school, is conducting an interior renovation of 90,000 square feet at Highland Heights Baptist Church for CSM's campus, said head of school John Avis.
The renovation includes 70,000 square feet of an existing three-story educational building at the church for classroom and office space, and 20,000 square feet of an existing two-story gymnasium.
Construction will begin this week with completion expected for August, in time for the school to open its doors for the first time. Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC won the $5 million construction bid last November.
Collegiate School of Memphis is an urban, college-preparatory, Christian high school that will open in the fall with a complete seventh-grade class, adding a new grade each year. Each grade is expected to have about 90 students.
"We'll be pleased with whatever numbers we have," Avis said. "We're committed to providing that kind of Christian, college-preparatory education in that location and we hope to be a presence there for a long time."
Collegiate School of Memphis soon will purchase the church property and lease the sanctuary back to Highland Heights. The benefactors who provided funding to start the school have asked to remain anonymous, Avis said.

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The Daily News

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It goes deeper than the adage when ...

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Priddy nifty gift benefits Rhodes students

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The Daily News

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