Two top MSCS leaders retire, resign after internal investigation, school district says

Two high-level Memphis-Shelby County School (MSCS) employees are no longer with the school district.

According to MSCS, Deputy Superintendent Dr. John Barker has retired and MSCS Human Resources Chief Yolanda Martin has resigned.

Both were being investigated by the school district due to complaints.

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The school district said that those investigations concluded without evidence of any wrongdoing and that both were eligible to fully return to their roles. However, Dr. Barker decided to retire from the school district in order to pursue other opportunities and Martin resigned in other to pursue other professional endeavors, MSCS said.

Both of those positions were vacated as the school district continues its search for a new superintendent.

Former MSCS Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray also resigned amid an investigation into him. As part of the agreement between Ray and the school district, the investigation into him ended without being completed.

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The school district said that Barker’s responsibilities will be absorbed through the executive cabinet. MSCS has already hired a new Chief of Human Resources, Quintin Robinson. The school district said that he will take over that role on November 28.

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