During the Board Business Meeting held on August 30, the School Board announced an MSCS Interim Superintendent. Here's her special message to families and staff.
Dear Memphis-Shelby County Schools Family,
Tonight, I began my tenure as interim Superintendent of Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS), following the School Board’s vote at its monthly business meeting.
I look forward to working with students, staff, and families in this interim role as the Board begins its search for the next superintendent. The Board will share more information about the superintendent search in the coming days. While our elected officials lead that process, I am committed to guiding my community through a smooth and successful school year.
Memphis is my home. A graduate of Whitehaven High School, I earned master's and bachelor's degrees in accounting from Clark Atlanta University. I began my career in school leadership in 2014, helping with the first audits after the merger of legacy Shelby County and Memphis City Schools. I have worked with Millington Municipal Schools and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and I have held various roles at MSCS, now serving as Chief Financial Officer and Interim Superintendent. I have also been a New Memphis fellow, Leadership Memphis graduate, and Youth Villages mentor because I believe in the power and promise of volunteerism.
One of my most rewarding experiences since joining MSCS was mentoring my student intern, Kalen. The East High School student served in my office this summer as part of the District’s Power 1,000 Internship Program, which is now enrolling new students and community partners. I shared with Kalen our auditing process and the importance of accountability, oversight, and sound financial stewardship of public funds. These are values I hold dear.
As Interim Superintendent, I look forward to continuing to enhance education in our community by ensuring that the District provides effective resources and opportunities for all students. I can think of no greater honor at this moment than to serve our exceptional teachers, staff, and students as Interim Superintendent. Thank you to the Board for its support, and thank you in advance to all in our community for uniting at this pivotal moment to show that now and always we are #MSCSTogether!
Tutonial ‘Toni’ Williams, Interim Superintendent and CFO
Memphis-Shelby County Schools