Seniority and tenure are two big items to educators. In perusing the MCS website I came across the seniority list of teachers. I have attached the list in various configurations, longest serving to newest, by schools and by job titles. The code for who is senior is determined by the hire date. E.g. 20050801 means they were hired in 2005, August 1. I cannot find such a list on the old Shelby County School website but it probably exists.
Look at the seniority provisions of the MEA (Memphis Education Contract) union contract. Now concerning tenure, there have recently been some changes in state law. It used to be that if you served for three years continuously and were satisfactory, you got tenure for life and entered the seniority list. This provision was changed by the Tennessee legislature in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-5-503. This lengthened the period from 3 years to 5 years.
Seniority and tenure are issues that will have to be dealt with by the planning board and the new combined school board. I am someone who believes in competition in business and education. Honest competition improves products and lowers costs and improves employee and management skills. Therefore I believe parents should have a choice for the education of their children and those choices should include public, private, parochial and charter schools and homeschooling including on line educational support. Vouchers to aid parental choice will improve the final educational product for all.