Memphis City Schools to change cell phone policy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis City Schools to change cell phone policy

By Nick Kenney - bio | email | Follow us on Twitter

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools will change it's cell phone policy, the result of public hang-ups after a Commercial Appeal investigation uncovered mis-use.

During the 2007-2008 school year, MCS issued more than 1,200 cell phones and other mobile devices. The bill: more than $600,000.

Some of the charges included ring tones, screen savers and even sex chats.

Now, Memphis City Schools will collect all work-issued mobile devices.  Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash and the Information Technology Department will decide which employees actually need a cell phone.  Then, the phones will be re-issued only to those employees deemed necessary.

Tuesday, a MCS spokesperson said the number of mobile devices issued will be far fewer.  Each employee issued a cell phone must sign a new user-agreement.  Repercussions for mis-use will include personally paying the bill, possible job suspension, even potential job termination.

"Within the next few weeks, MCS will present the new policy to the school board for approval.

Reached for comment, school board member Kenneth Whalum said the policy is "not a bad idea," adding, "once we establish clear policy direction I think it'll be okay."

School Board president Tomeka Hart said, "I'm for whatever will help us become more efficient and better managed."

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Mid-South heroes celebrated this weekend at AutoZone Park

    Mid-South heroes celebrated this weekend at AutoZone Park

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:34:36 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    This weekend is not just about honoring service members who protected our county, its also time to show appreciation to our Mid-South heroes that protect us in the city. 

    More >>

    This weekend is not just about honoring service members who protected our county, its also time to show appreciation to our Mid-South heroes that protect us in the city. 

    More >>
  • Woman who partially lost eye sight during brain surgery opens boutique

    Woman who partially lost eye sight during brain surgery opens boutique

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:01 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:01:05 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Terrica Williams first shared her story six months ago on WMC Action News 5. During emergency brain surgery, doctors removed a tumor which left her partially blind. 

    More >>

    Terrica Williams first shared her story six months ago on WMC Action News 5. During emergency brain surgery, doctors removed a tumor which left her partially blind. 

    More >>
  • Memphis police officers play Shelby County deputies in AutoZone Park softball game

    Memphis police officers play Shelby County deputies in AutoZone Park softball game

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:33:12 GMT
    AutoZone Park (Source: WMC Action News 5)AutoZone Park (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    It's a battle featuring Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department. 

    More >>

    It's a battle featuring Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly