Archive for September, 2015

Shelby County School Job Positions and Salaries

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

September 29, 2015

Shelby County School Job Positions and Salaries


Nothing is more important than education. We hear all the talk about programs to combat poverty, workforce development, skill training, etc. etc.


The real solution starts with a caring family that is determined to see that their children get the basics, love, discipline, encouragement and the ability to read. The parents must take an active role in these basics.


The next step is education and this is where the debate rages. Do we need more money as most public school boards claim or do we need a 21st century model.


A recent article in the Wall Street Journal states, in part, the following.


Whatever your measure—the reading and math proficiency of high-school graduates, the skills gap in the nation’s labor market, or the real value of college—there can be little argument that America’s schools, as a whole, are failing to prepare students for the 21st century.


There are countless explanations why, but here’s a significant contributing factor: Until recently, we simply didn’t know how to use technology to make teachers and students happier, better engaged and more successful.


Think about it: In every field of human endeavor, from manufacturing to knowledge work, we’re figuring out how to use technology to make humans more successful—to raise the quality of their work, if not their measured productivity.


But the same can hardly be said of teaching. In education, the overwhelming majority of students are still learning as they always have, in classrooms dominated by a one-to-many lecturing model in which teachers inevitably leave some students behind while boring others. That model has barely changed in a century.


Parents, educators and especially taxpayers need to get involved and have an open discussion about how our education taxes are being spent. As a result of my recent open records request, I have attached a complete list of Shelby County School System employee names, job titles and annual salaries. If you do not have Microsoft Excel You can click here for a PDF copy of the salary list. I have decided to list the names only for those making $70,000 per year or more. The total annual salary for the listed year is $581 million for 16,664 employees. Add to this another 20% for benefits. This is around 75% or more in the budget for salaries and benefits.


I think we need to have a public discussion of the Shelby County Education model and ask the question of whether the School Board should be suing for more tax money or should we update the education model to the 21st century.

Memphis City Elections 2015

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

September 16, 2015

The Upcoming Memphis City Election 9/18/15 thru 11/19/15

The upcoming ballot is important from a local level for the City of Memphis. As usual I will tell you how I am going to vote and give you my reasons as succinctly as possible. You, of course, will vote as you see fit based on your own conscience and principles. I must say that the number of candidates makes real research difficult. I know some of the candidates personally but most I just know them from research and reading their resumes. I do recommend that you go to and read the great report written and researched by Eddie and Eve Settles.

Early voting starts this Friday, September 18th and the final voting date is Thursday, October 8th.

Election rules

Memphis has a hybrid system of elections where some races proceed to runoffs while others do not. In the mayoral, the at-large City Council races (Districts 8 and 9) and the City Court Clerk races, the winner only needs a plurality and no majority is required. In the individual City Council districts (Districts 1-7), if no one candidate receives a majority, the race will proceed to a runoff election on November 19, 2015.




The following candidates were certified by the Shelby County Election Commission. (I) indicates an incumbent. Candidates are in alphabetical order. My choice is listed after the position with all candidates listed afterward.


Leo Awgowhat, Harold Collins, Anderson Fullilove Jr., Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges, Jim Strickland, David Phillip Walker Jr., Sharon A. Webb, A C Wharton (I), M. LaTroy Williams, Mike Williams.


District 1- Wayne Roberts

Bill Morrison (I), Wayne Roberts.

District 2-Jim Tomasik

Frank Colvett Jr., Detric Golden, Rachel Knox, Jim Tomasik.

District 3- Kevin Mott Sr

Rhonda Banks, Tanya L. Cooper, Sherman Kilimanjaro, Kevin Mott Sr., Patrice Jordan Robinson, Coleman Thompson, Keith O. Williams.

District 4- No recommendation

Kirstin L. Cheers, Donnell Cobbins, John Cornes, Doris DeBerry-Bradshaw, Adrian Jones, Louis Matthew Morganfield III, Jamita E. Swearengen, George Walker.

District 5-Mary Wilder

Jimmie Franklin, John Marek, Worth Morgan, Charles “Chooch” Pickard, Dan Springer, Mary Wilder, Jennifer James Williams.

District 6-Delvin Lane

Perry L. Bond, Edmund H. Ford Jr. (I), Delvin Lane.

District 7- No Recommendation

Anthony Anderson, Berlin F. Boyd (I/interim), Eric Dunn, Anthony Ambee Johnson, Alfonzo Durell Lee, Michael Steven Moore, Coby V. Smith, Thurston Smith, David W. Vinciarelli.

Super District 8, Position 1- George Thompson

Joe Brown (I), George Thompson, Victoria E. Young.

Super District 8-2- Isaac Wright

  1. Eason, Janis Fullilove (I), Isaac Wright.

Super District 8-3- Mickell Lowery

Jacqueline Camper, Martavius D. Jones, Mickell Lowery.

Super District 9-1-Kemp Conrad

Charley Burch, Kemp Conrad (I), Robin A. Spielberger.

Super District 9-2- Lynn Moss

Stephanie Gatewood, Lynn Moss, Paul Shaffer, Phillip Spinosa Jr., Kenneth Twigg WhalumJr.

Super District 9-3-REID HEDGEPETH

Stephen Christian, Zachary Ferguson, Reid Hedgepeth (I).


William Chism Jr., Dewey Clark, Justin Ford, Wanda Halbert, Antonio Harris, Thomas Long II, Kay Spalding Robilio, Shep Wilbun Jr.

Massive Lawsuit By The Shelby County Board of Education

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

September 8, 2015

Massive Lawsuit By The Shelby County Board of Education

In case you have not noticed, the Shelby County Board of Education just filed a lawsuit to compel the taxpayers of the State of Tennessee to fund whatever the state school boards feel is necessary to educate all children to what they feel is adequate education. It does not matter if the taxpayers can afford their idea of what constitutes an adequate education.

I must say on the front end that I want all children to get a good education. However I am a proponent of parental choice, good charter schools and parental vouchers. Let the money follow the child. They say that lack of money is the problem. I say that there is no proof that more money solves the problem. I say that the basic problem is the dissolution of the family structure and that this family structure problem started in the 1960s war on poverty and has gone downhill since then. This is a debate that I welcome.

However I just want to alert you to what is going on and I have several questions  that I feel should be answered by the Shelby County School Board and I intend to ask for this information in an open records request. I encourage you also to ask for this data.

  • What is the projected future cost of this lawsuit?
  • What has been spent so far?
  • Will all future legal bills be promptly put on line for the public to see?
  • Will all payments in connection with this lawsuit be promptly put on line?
  • Will all the cost of SCS legal and administrative work in connection with this lawsuit be recorded and put on line?

What they are asking is a blank check for education with the school boards able to write in the amount.


Here is the lawsuit and I have listed some of the highlights below.