Long line of job candidates show up for MCS job fair

The line wound around the corner.

1,100 job candidates showed up as part of a new plan to place campus monitors at the Memphis City Schools that need them most.  The turnout at the job fair to hire 60 campus monitors for Memphis City Schools brought school board president Sara Lewis to tears.  "There are hundreds of people out here.  Literally hundreds and I thank this community for responding," she said.
Timothy Hayes graduated from Memphis City Schools.  His three children are now students in the district.

"If I can do anything to be of help in there to guide them the right way, then I would.  Not only mine, but anybody else's that needs the assistance," Hayes said.
Hayes stood with more than a thousand other job candidates hoping to become a campus monitor after a rash of recent arrests, weapons seizures and gang activity.  He says he's ready for the challenge.

"I definitely do accept the challenge and I do understand the qualifications that this position requires," Hayes said.
Memphis City Schools Chief Academic Officer, Alfred Hall says this is a step in the right direction.

The school district took just two weeks to come up with this plan to provide more adult presence in the schools and not just in the hallways.

"They'll be on the campus where students congregate before and after school, when they're passing during classes and when classes are changing in the hallways and at other points during the day when students are congregating when they shouldn't," Hall said.
The next steps: applicant background checks and training.  By December, the district hopes to have a permanent security force.
They say a group of para-professionals...who could be laid off for not meeting No Child Left Behind standards did not receive preferential treatment at the job fair, but they are looking for other opportunities for them in the district.