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Leadership & Campus Safety

Herchel Burton
Assistant Superintendent, Student Services



The goal of the Student Services Department is to assist students, parents, school administrators and other school personnel in Shelby County in ensuring that each student has the opportunity to develop to his or her full potential. Our job is to create an environment where students are safe and supported in developing into productive adults. We strive to make certain students are served in a way that enhances not only personal development but also is conducive to promoting a safe and orderly school environment.

The administrative personnel in Student Services is able to assist with the following issues:

  • Attendance Accountability
  • Suspension Appeals
  • Transfers
  • School Safety Concerns
  • Proof of Residence
  • Section 504 Compliance
  • Homeschool Registration
  • Custody Petitions
  • Power of Attorney
  • State/Federal Reports
  • Discipline Concerns
  • Inclement Weather Alerts
  • Student Records
  • Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth
  • Truancy
  • Registration Requirements
  • Student Handbook
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
  • School Wide Interventions
  • Foreign Exchange Student Registration

  • Phone Number: 321-2560
    Fax Number: 321-2660

    Mailing Address:
    160 South Hollywood St.
    Memphis, Tennessee 38112
    Physical Location:
    130 South Flicker St.
    Memphis, Tennessee 38104

    Students are assigned to a school district based on the location of the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian’s residence; therefore, school personnel may request proof of residency from the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian. A list of items that we accept as proof of residency may be obtained from the web site. Click here for a list.

    Parents may request a transfer under certain circumstances for their child to attend a school out of the district in which they reside. Click here for more information.

    Angela Hargrave, Director

    J.B. Blocker, Specialist

    Andy Clayton, Specialist

    Amie Marsh, Specialist

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    Gary Gitchell, Director


    • Shelby County Schools Security Force

    • School Surveillance Cameras

    • Facility Access Control

    • Visitor Management Systems



    Karen Ball
    Alternative School Specialist

    SCS Alternative Schools
    Alternative Schools are available to SCS students who, because of violation of school, board, or federally mandated policies, must be removed from the mainstream for a specified period of time to a more restrictive environment.

    Alternative School Referral Process
    Parents must sign the Alternative School Referral Application and Release of Confidential Information Form before students can be scheduled for orientation at the Alternative School and offered placement. Please consult with the home administrative team regarding completion of the aforementioned forms.

    For information or assistance with the alternative school referral process, please contact your child’s school. Once the referral forms are signed, you may contact Karen Ball at 901-321-2679.

    Services Provided

    • Behavior Management
    • Curriculum based instruction
    • Ongoing monitoring and assessment
    • Course Recovery and Virtual Learning
    • Counseling and intervention services
    • Drug Education Program
    • IEP, Section 504, and related services
    • Transition and re-entry support

    Alternative School Sites

    Renaissance Academy Lakeside
    2911 Brunswick Road
    Memphis TN 38133
    901-377-4700 ext. 531
    Rodney Cunningham, Administrator
    Tyria Buigbo, Administrator

    Renaissance Academy North
    4885 Bill Knight Road
    Millington, TN 38053
    David Matykiewicsz, Administrator

    Placement for elementary students is available as needed. Please contact Karen Ball at 901-321-2679 regarding placement options for elementary students.

    Re-Entry Program

    The Re-Entry Program offers transitional support services to students who are entering or re- entering school after a period of absence for various reasons (incarceration, residential treatment, day treatment, hospitalization, foster care, neglect, alternative school placement, homelessness, etc.). Re-entry services are designed to facilitate successful movement between the educational system and correctional/ or community settings. The goal is to meet the transitional and academic needs of students returning to educational systems or entering employment.

    The Re-Entry Program provides support with the following:

    • Identification of at risk behaviors
    • Dropout prevention
    • Homeless assistance
    • Independent living
    • Career planning
    • Mental health service
    • Mentoring
    • Character education
    • Drug prevention
    • Anger management
    • Behavior interventions

    Re-Entry Liaisons

    Jesse Jones - - 321-2684

    Leslee Graves - -321-2591

    Homebound Services
    Homebound services are available to provide temporary instruction to students who are medically fragile and incapable of participation in regular school settings. All requests for homebound services must be verified and signed by a licensed physician or psychiatrist.

    To request homebound services, please contact Tresa Danley at 321-2681 or

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    Nancy Kelley
    Counseling Specialist
    phone: 321-2622
    fax: 321-2660


    Supervisor for School Counselors, Prevention Liaisons, and Social Workers


    Character Education
    Child Abuse
    Counseling (K-12)
    Counseling Interns
    Crisis Intervention
    Prevention Liaisons (9-12)
    Social Workers
    Professional Development
    Mental Health
          -Student Assistance Program
          -Youth Suicide Prevention Training

    Mission Statement:
    School counseling programs will foster the academic, social, personal, and career development of ALL students, while partnering with parents, guardians, educators, and the community, to ensure that today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted citizens of tomorrow.

    School Counselor Contact Information:
    For your child’s school counselor, please go to the following link:

    All school counselors in Shelby County Schools are professionals, have a master's degree or higher in school counseling, meet the state certification/licensure standards, and uphold ethical and professional standards of the American School Counseling Association.

    School counseling programs are based on the Tennessee Model for Comprehensive School Counseling, which is aligned to national standards, incorporating standards of achievement in the areas of academic, personal/social and career development.

    For more information, see the following link:


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