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January 10th, 2020

Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System offers several non-traditional schools and programs of choice for students. Additionally, specific grade levels in seven elementary schools are available for open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. (more…)

January 8th, 2020

2020-2021 Student/Parent Calendar

The first half day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is August 12, 2020. (more…)

December 4th, 2019

2020-2021 Zoning Feedback

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board on first reading at the Dec. 3, 2019 School Board Study Session heard the recommendation that no changes be made to the elementary, middle, or high school zone lines for the 2020-2021 school year. The recommendation was made by the CMCSS Zoning Project Team, which ensures equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students per the following guidelines:

  • Ensure equitable distribution of resources according to the learning needs of all students
  • Consider the proximity of students to existing schools
  • Move as few students as possible
  • Transport students the least distance possible
  • Consider the BEP capacity and percent-utilization of existing facilities
  • Allow for future growth where possible (based on Planning Commission lot and permit data)

Taking these guidelines into consideration, the Zoning Project Team made the following recommendation to the School Board:

  • No change to elementary, middle, or high school zone lines for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Portables will be used to balance capacities across all school zones.

To provide feedback on this recommendation, please click here. The deadline to provide feedback is Jan. 7, 2020.

A public hearing will be held on Jan. 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. and a final zoning recommendation will be presented to the School Board on Jan. 14, 2019 for voting.

November 7th, 2019

School Board Considers Five Proposals to Expand Facilities

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board reviewed five proposals to partially address an ever-growing student population during its Nov. 5 Study Session.

Chief Operations Officer Jim Sumrell presented the Board members with a report on the school system’s current state of building capacity and recommendations for them to consider during their voting session on Nov. 12. (more…)

September 30th, 2019

School Board Recognized by State Organization

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board was recognized by the Tennessee School Boards Association as a “Board of Distinction,” one of 32 in the state.

To qualify as a Board of Distinction, a school board must meet specified requirements in four key areas: planning, policy, promotion and board development. The Board was recognized at the TSBA Fall District meeting in Springfield last week.

Members of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board are: Margaret Pace, chairman and District 2 representative; Anne Murtha, vice chairman and District 4 representative; Carol Berry, District 1 representative; Herbert Nelson, District 3 representative; Jimmie Garland, District 5 representative; Charlie Patterson, District 6 representative; and Josh Baggett, District 7 representative. Millard House is Director of Schools. (more…)

CMCSS Logo September 16th, 2019

Administrative Announcements

Brandy N. Walker has been selected as the new assistant principal at Northwest High School. She previously has served Northwest High as student support coordinator; testing and Advanced Placement coordinator; assistant athletic director; and, Associated Student Government sponsor.

She earned her M.A. in educational leadership from Austin Peay State University, where she also earned a B.S. in English. She has eight years of educational experience and has completed the CMCSS Leadership Series, as well as the Aspiring Administrators Academy and the Advanced Leadership Academy.

Lisa Dominiak has been selected as assistant principal at Oakland Elementary School. She has been a classroom teacher for six years and an academic coach for two years at Minglewood and Norman Smith Elementary Schools. She also has experience as a reading interventionist for four years, and most recently has served as a kindergarten multi-classroom leader at Norman Smith Elementary School.

She earned her master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Austin Peay State University, and a B.S. in elementary education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Brandi B. Blackley has been selected as the new High School Curriculum Director for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. She currently serves as an assistant principal at Northwest High School and is the administrator of the Heath Science Academy.

Blackley has previous administrative experience at Covington High School and Brighton Middle School, as well as in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. She has a strong background in curriculum and learning standards leadership, as well as in leading professional development. She also has taught middle and high school English.

She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, a B.A. in English from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Lauren Richmond, who has served as the CMCSS Coordinated School Health Supervisor for the last four years, has been named to the new position of Safety and Health Coordinator. This grant-funded position will be responsible primarily for the management of the Safe Schools Act Grant and the $1.7 million budget; one of the master users of the security operations center; and, the proficiency of district camera system, to include camera storage optimization.

Also, in order to implement the new state law addressing threat assessment teams in schools, this position will be responsible for the implementation and management of the threat assessment teams that will develop comprehensive intervention-based approaches to prevent violence, manage reports of potential threats, and create a system that fosters a safe, supportive, and effective school environment. This position will also serve in roles within all Safety and Health Department programs, to include leading special projects and serve as back up to the Safety and Health Director.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Austin Peay, with additional CMCSS experience as an On the Job injury specialist and in the CMCSS Technology Department.

Ashlie Perry has been selected as principal at Minglewood Elementary School, replacing Jessica Harris who was named director of elementary schools. Perry has been serving as assistant principal at Minglewood.

She served as a fourth-grade teacher at Liberty Elementary, an academic coach at Norman Smith Elementary, and a fourth-grade teacher at Minglewood. She earned her Ed. S. in educational leadership from Austin Peay, where she also earned her master’s in teaching. She received a B.S. in child development from Middle Tennessee State University.

Jessica Harris, who has 18 years of academic experience in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, has been tapped as the Director of the 24 elementary schools. Ms. Harris currently serves as principal of Minglewood Elementary School. She previously served as principal at Byrns Darden Elementary and Hazelwood Elementary Schools. Her teaching experience was at West Creek and Kenwood Elementary Schools.

She earned her master’s in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and a M.A. in education from Cumberland University. She holds a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Austin Peay State University. She was named a statewide finalist for principal of the year this week by the State Department of Education. She represents the Mid Cumberland region of Middle Tennessee.

Dr. LeJoia VanHook has been selected as assistant principal for Kenwood High School, where she has served as an academic coach. Prior experience includes being an instructional coach with Teach for America and a teacher at Una Elementary in Nashville. She has six years of educational experience.

Dr. VanHook earned her doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Argosy University, and her administrative license endorsement from Lipscomb University. She has a master of arts in training and development from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Fisk University in Nashville.

Dr. Paine has served as director of curriculum and instruction for grades 9-12 since March 2013. Prior CMCSS experience included being an academic coach at Northeast High School, a secondary literacy coach and READ180 coordinator, as well as freshman academy coordinator. Outside of CMCSS, Dr. Paine was an English teacher and literacy coach at Gila Ridge High School in Yuma, Az. and worked as an elementary teacher in Fayetteville, N.C.  She earned her Ed.D. in learning organizations and strategic change from Lipscomb University; her M.Ed. in English education from the University of Georgia; and a B.A. in elementary education from Clemson University.

Dr. Bellamy has served as director of elementary schools overseeing 24 schools and 4 lead principals since 2015. He previously oversaw all elementary and secondary supports of special education services for CMCSS as director of special populations. He also has school administrative experience, serving as principal at Kenwood Middle and Hazelwood and assistant principal at West Creek Elementary. He began his educational career teaching at Sango Elementary. He has been with CMCSS for 15 years. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a 2017 graduate of the Tennessee School Boards Association Prospective Superintendents Academy.

Mr. Parker has been assistant principal and STEM Academy administrator at Kenwood High School since August 2015. Previously, he was academic coach at Kenwood High, West Creek High, and Northwest High from 2013-2015. He has four years of teaching experience at Kenwood High, beginning his teaching career with CMCSS in 2007. He also has experience teaching at West Creek Middle. He holds a  B.S. in history education from Austin Peay State University, and an  M.Ed. in School Administration from Sam Houston State University.

Ashley Forsythe Karch has been selected as assistant principal and interventionist for Burt Elementary School. She most recently served as dean of students at Cheatham County Central High School. Her prior experience in CMCSS was as academic coach at Clarksville and Montgomery Central High Schools. She also has been an English teacher at Clarksville and Sycamore High Schools.

She earned her M.A. in educational leadership from Austin Peay State University and a B.A. in English and allied language arts from Western Kentucky University. She completed the CMCSS Aspiring Administrators Academy in 2016.

August 15th, 2019

CMCSS Continues Forward Momentum with State Data Release

(Aug. 15, 2019) The Tennessee Department of Education released the state’s report card data for Tennessee school districts today. As the state works to transition through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, TNReady legislations, standards and proficiency shifts, CMCSS continues to experience forward momentum in meeting the vision that all students graduate college and career ready.

CMCSS continues to outperform the state across multiple measures, experience a graduation rate above the state and national levels, and is home to multiple reward schools.

“From this partial data release the State is providing, we can cull some information and trends. We will have to wait on the full release of data to form a complete picture of the School System’s performance,” said Director of Schools Millard House.

The state will not be assigning grades to the 2018-19 data results. In addition, the new accountability system utilizes a scale based on a score of 0-4. Essentially an average score of 3.1 – 4 has a determination of “exemplary”, a score of 2.1 – 3.0 has a determination of “advancing”, a score of 1.1 – 2.1 has a determination of “satisfactory”,and a score less than 1.1 has a determination of “marginal”.

“In reviewing the data as a district we see overall improvement in math and chronic absenteeism at all grade levels. As we evaluate high school data, CMCSS is experiencing positive momentum across all measures to include graduation rate, ready graduate, achievement, and chronic absenteeism. Elementary and middle schools follow suit with positive trends in math achievement, chronic absenteeism, and elementary achievement,” according to Dr. Sean Impeartrice, Chief Academic Officer for CMCSS.

“We have identified targeted areas of work as the state continues to improve the rigor of standards and demonstration of proficiency for the state of Tennessee. Our challenges include middle school English/Language Arts and high school Algebra I.  As the data continues to come in, we will better diagnose and prescribe teacher training in the specific areas of English/Language Arts and Algebra,” he said, adding “We take pride in our 10 Reward Schools and commit to a continued focus to use our data to guide our work through the continuous improvement model.

The data comes from the following:

  • The TNReady test administered in April (Spring each year), results are posted in the report card, student paper reports are sent home in the first report card of the year. The schools and district receive the results through the state’s secure website;
  • End of Course (EOC) exams for high school in the following classes: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English I, English II, U.S. History for 2018-19;
  • Graduation Rate has not been released, but in 2017-18 = 94.2, we are expecting 2018-19 to be 94.5
  • Attendance/Absentee data: Chronic absenteeism data represents to percent of students who miss great than 10 percent of the academic year. The goal for the state is to be below 10 percent; the district is 8.1% of 34,816 in 2018-19 was absent greater than 10% of the year;
  • ELPA, English Language Learner Proficiency assessment. Percent of students meeting the expected growth standard, 54.2%

All data is on the TDOE website at the following link:

Reward Schools

Schools earn Reward School based on the most recent year of data. Schools earn Reward School status if they earn an average of 3.1 or higher out of 4, and are not identified as a Priority (CSI) or Focus Schools (TSI or ATSI).

CMCSS Reward Schools:

Clarksville High School

Glenellen Elementary School (4th award)

East Montgomery Elementary School (3rd award)

Liberty Elementary School (2nd award)

Northeast Elementary School (3rd award)

Ringgold Elementary School

Rossview High School

Sango Elementary School (4th award)

Middle College High School @ APSU (6th award)

Rossview Elementary School (2nd award)

August 13th, 2019

Military College Opportunities Meeting Set for Students, Parents

An information briefing has been scheduled for students interested in going to college; interested in an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp scholarship; and/or for those students interested in attending a prestigious military college. Please plan to attend either Aug. 19 or Aug. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the CMCSS Central Services South location on 1312 Highway 48/13. The meeting will be held in Hickory Room A Conference Room. Parents are encouraged to attend.

July 25th, 2019

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Free/Reduced Meal Applications must be submitted each school year. Beginning July 24, 2019, if you feel that your child(ren) may be eligible for free or reduced meal benefits, you may create an account and apply for meal benefits at (more…)

June 19th, 2019

Nelson Selected to Fill District 3 School Board Seat

A 20-year U.S. Army veteran with seven years working elite Special Operations and counter-terrorism missions has been selected to fill the unexpired term of the District 3 Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board seat.

Herbert A. Nelson, Jr. will be sworn in to the office on July 1 and will serve until the next County General Election in August 2020. He retired from the Army with honorable service as an intelligence analyst. He spoke to the School Board Tuesday night, after which the Board voted to accept him as the replacement for Danny Kittrell, who relocated to South Carolina.

“I have lived in Clarksville over 20 years and understand the tremendous challenges that the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System faces in making it a top-notched system and ensuring that all students receive a quality education,” Nelson noted. “I have witnessed the changes that have been made and would like to be a part of the system’s continued success.”

Nelson earned an M.B.A. from Lipscomb University with a human resources concentration. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in liberal arts from Excelsior University in Albany, New York. His education background also includes certification from the Joint Military College.

Nelson currently is an electronic security specialist for the Tennessee Department of Corrections.