IN THE PRESS: Achievement School District Announces Plans to Allow FCS to Operate Westside Achievement School
The Achievement School District (ASD) has released the following press release regarding their decision to move forward with the process for FCS to run and operate Westside Middle School.
ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT TENTATIVELY APPROVES THE TRANSITION OF ITS
ONLY DIRECT-RUN MIDDLE SCHOOL TO ONE OF ITS CURRENT CHARTER OPERATORS
Frayser Community Schools could manage Westside Achievement Middle School for the
upcoming 2018 – 2019 School Year pending a positive formal review of its charter application
Memphis, Tennessee – The Achievement School District today announced that it will move forward
on its proposal to transition the operation of Westside Achievement Middle School to current ASD
operator, Frayser Community Schools. This decision to potentially transition the ASD’s only directrun
middle school to Frayser Community Schools beginning in school year 2018 – 2019 comes as a
result of the ASD receiving tremendous community and stakeholder support for the move after the
proposal was made public in January. The decision will hinge on a positive review by the
Achievement School District of Frayser Community Schools’ charter application for this action
which is due on or before February 28, 2018.
The announcement was shared today by Interim ASD Superintendent, Dr. Kathleen Airhart at the
meeting of the Frayser Exchange Club where she was serving as the event’s speaker.
Dr. Airhart remarked, “Our interest in creating a viable 6th – 12th grade continuum for Frayser
students was at the heart of his development for us.” She continued, “Simply put – Frayser
Community Schools has a portfolio that includes a high school and a middle school while the ASD
direct runs four elementary schools and one middle school. This development allows us the chance
to refine our focus at the elementary level for the schools we directly manage while giving FCS a
chance to lead a middle school in Frayser that can feed into its existing high school in Frayser.”
Frayser Community Schools currently operates Humes Middle Preparatory Academy and Martin
Luther King, Jr. College Preparatory High School which is located in Frayser. In addition to
Westside, the other four Frayser schools that are directly managed by the ASD are Corning
Achievement Elementary, Frayser Achievement Elementary, Georgian Hills Achievement
Elementary, and Whitney Achievement Elementary School.
The transition of Westside will depend on the formal review of FCS’ charter application which is
required to include FCS’ plan to strengthen and build the academic success of the school, to recruit
and develop teachers, and to establish the climate and culture of the school.
Dr. Airhart added, “They will not be in this alone.” She continued, “We are positioning ourselves as a
team to support this transition if it occurs. We are also ready to continue implementing our plans
for Westside if this action is not taken. Ultimately, the ASD will be present and engaged on what
happens at this school.”
FCS Founder and CEO, Bobby L. White, Jr. emphasized, “We are excited by this opportunity and
grateful for the chance to serve at this level.” Prior to his founding of FCS, Mr. White previously
served as principal of Westside Middle School and helped lead Westside to its recognition as a
Rewards School for the Tennessee Department of Education based on the school’s notable student