(WMC-TV) – Merging Memphis and Shelby County Schools is a huge transition for staff, parents and students. There's another major change coming to the district, a statewide school district that is taking over some of the lowest performing schools in Memphis.
Representatives from the Tennessee Achievement School District want to get to know the Frayser community, where several Memphis City schools are on the state's low performing list and are about to be taken in by the state.
The ASD's Elliot Smalley led a meeting with parents and school staff at Pursuit of God Church in Frayser.
"Our process is thinking about which schools will join our district next year," said Smalley. "The Achievement School district is a state wide school district that is dedicated to moving the bottom 5 percent of schools in the top 25 percent in five years," he added.
Sixty-eight of those schools identified by the state board of education are in Memphis. ASD Representatives will be in Memphis for the next month getting feedback from parents and teachers before deciding which 10 Memphis City Schools will join the their district by the next school year.
"We want to answer people's questions we also want to ask them questions about what's working what's not working what are some things that they want to see continue in their schools," Smalley stated.
Smalley says the ASD focuses on the fact that students have limitless potential. They're already operating three schools in Memphis.
The 10 current Memphis City Schools that will become part of the Achievement School District will remain in the buildings where they operate now. Teachers will have to apply with the ASD if they wish to continue working there. This is a whole new employer, the state of Tennessee.