Archive for December, 2010

One of the most dreaded waits in the city is the emission testing for vehicles. This morning I had to face the wait. First I get there an hour early and wait till the bay door open then, a four car position that had me next in line.  While waiting I noticed the driver of one of the cars being tested, get out and the tech did something to the vehicle. I said to myself, that driver must have forgotten his controls, you know, lights on/off, wiper on/off that stuff. Well, when I get under the radar I do the lights on/off, brake on then gas, when the tech asked me to step out the vehicle so he could start the On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD.

I said, uh? The tech hooked a terminal to my truck and wha-la, emissions done. WDF! On-Board Diagnostics is a generic term referring to a vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting capability. OBD systems give the vehicle owner or a repair technician access to state of health information for various vehicle sub-systems. (more…)

Memphis City Schools is governed by the Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners. It’s composed of nine members, who are residents of the city, elected by the citizens at the general election in November to serve a four year term. Seven members are elected by district to represent a specific area within the city, and two members are elected at large to represent the entire city. At the last meeting in December, the Board elects a President and a Vice-President to serve for a term of one year to be effective January 1. The Board of Education is responsible for establishing goals for the school system and adopting policies for the effective operation of the school system. The Board appoints a Superintendent to oversee the operation of the school system in accordance with the educational goals and policies it establishes.

Duties of the board: The Board focuses on three major areas: policy development, advocacy for Board policies, and accountability for district goals. The district’s strategic plan is a working document used to guide and reinforce MCS’s mission and goals. It is continuously reviewed, evaluated, discussed, updated, and endorsed by the Board Commissioners. The Board of Education also conducts regular evaluations of the Superintendent’s performance. Approval of the budget is a major function of the Board. Commissioners support the hiring of teachers, administrators, and support staff who are responsible for educating the students.