Maury County Board of Education

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Maury County Department of Education
Type and location
Type Public
Established 1873
Country United States
Location Maury County, Tennessee
District information
Budget 88 million (USD)[1][2][3]
Students and staff
Students ??
Teachers 60+
Other information
Schools 21
Director of Schools Eddie Hickman
Teachers' unions Tennessee Education Association
Website MauryK12.org

The Maury County Board of Education is an 11 member board with ten elected from districts outlined in the county and one appointed by those elected ten. According to the Tennessee Code Annotated; The local board of education is a policy-making legislative body and the individual member is an official of the state. Except during an official meeting, a board member has no more power, authority or jurisdiction over school matters than any other citizen in the community. A school board’s primary duty is to provide the opportunity for the best and most appropriate education for all children entrusted in its care. Tennessee currently has 136 public school districts.

District Schools[edit]

Unit Schools[edit]

  • Santa Fe Unit School
  • Hampshire Unit School
  • Culleoka Unit School

High Schools[edit]

  • Spring Hill High School
  • Columbia Central High School
  • Mt. Pleasant High School

Junior/Middle Schools[edit]

  • EA Cox Middle School
  • Whitthorne Middle School
  • Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Spring Hill Middle School

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Highland Park Elementary School
  • Spring Hill Elementary School
  • J.R Baker Elementary School
  • Joseph Brown Elementary School
  • Randolph Howell Elementary School
  • McDowell Elementary School
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
  • Riverside Elementary School
  • J.E Woodard Elementary School
  • Marvin Wright Elementary School

Controversies[edit]

Miss Florence Ella Hatton v. County Board of Education of Maury County, Tennessee[edit]

Miss Florence Ella Hatton was a tenured elementary school teacher at Macedonia Negro School holding a graduate degree from Tennessee State University and was certified by the Tennessee Department of Education. She was employed by Maury County Board of Education and was tenured in 1966. She was discharged without notice and was told it was because of funds not being available and enrollment being down at the negro school.[4] She served as fourth grade homeroom teacher, instructor of health and physical education and social studies and part-time librarian at the school prior to her dismissal.[5]

In February 1970 United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit ruled against Maury County Board of Education and awarded Miss Hatton with the reinstatement of her employment with the county as well as back-pay for the time off and costs of court proceedings.[6] Additionally with this court proceeding the Sixth Circuit realized Maury County Board of Education had not yet implemented desegregation ordered by Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) in 1954.[7] This case was profound for the sake of civil rights in central Tennessee since it brought a previously unrecognized noncompliant school district into the spotlight and forced them to desegregate 16 years after it was initially ordered.[8]

Cases cited in decision[edit]

  • Green v. County School Board of New Kent County, 391 U.S. 430, 88 S.Ct. 1689, 20 L.Ed.2d 716 (1968)
  • Hobson v. Hansen, 44 F.R.D. 18 (D.D.C. 1968)
  • Raney v. Board of Education of Gould School District, 391 U.S. 443, 88 S.Ct. 1697, 20 L.Ed.2d 727 (1968)
  • Monroe v. Board of Commissioners of Jackson, Tenn., 391 U.S. 450, 88 S.Ct. 1700, 20 L.Ed.2d 733 (1968)
  • Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483, 74 S.Ct. 686, 98 L.Ed. 873 (1954)
  • Brown v. Board of Education, 349 U.S. 294, 75 S.Ct. 753, 99 L.Ed. 1083 (1955)
  • Stell v. Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education, 333 F.2d 55, 60 (5th Cir.) 379 U.S. 933, 85 S.Ct. 332, 13 L.Ed.2d 344 (1964)
  • St. Helena Parish School Board v. Hall, 287 F.2d 376 (5th Cir.), 368 U.S. 830, 82 S.Ct. 52, 7 L.Ed.2d 33 (1961)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mauryk12.org/Budget%20Documents/General%20Purpose%20Fund%20Budget-2011-2012.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.mauryk12.org/Budget%20Documents/Federal%20Projects%20Fund%20Budget-2011-2012.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.mauryk12.org/Budget%20Documents/Food%20Service%20Fund%20Budget-2011-2012.pdf
  4. ^ United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. - 422 F.2d 457 ¶5
  5. ^ United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. - 422 F.2d 457 ¶5
  6. ^ Hatton v. County Board of Education of Maury County, Tennessee, 422 F.2d 457 (6th Cir. 1970)
  7. ^ United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. - 422 F.2d 457 ¶5
  8. ^ Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)