Neely’s Bend Elementary School

  A New Day, A New Way!

A New Day, A New Way!

At a Glance

  • Serves grades K-4
  • Hunters Lane Cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome to Our School

  Dr. Derrick Salter  Principal

Dr. Derrick Salter

Hello and Saludos! I am absolutely delighted to introduce myself as your new principal.  You have created such a positive and welcoming environment at Neely’s Bend that I already feel like I am home. Thank you.

As the newest Neely’s Bend Beaver, I am eager to meet you and learn from you about this special place. What do you love about the school? What do you think should be improved? If you were in my position, what would you focus on? 

To let you know a bit about myself, I grew up in Alabama but have called Nashville home since 2008. I taught elementary and middle school in Huntsville. When I relocated to Nashville, I taught fourth grade and I worked as a numeracy coach and NCLB specialist. I obtained my master’s degree and doctorate in School Leadership, and I have served as an administrator with MNPS since 2010. I have always known my calling was to serve students, teachers and families through public education. I believe public schools have the most important responsibility to educate all of our children and prepare them academically and socially for a life full of opportunities. 

I am so excited about the opportunities that exist for our students at Neely’s Bend. Through the foundation that you have set, we will continue to create lifelong advantages for our students. By celebrating the wide diversity of our families and staff, we are preparing students to live with others in peace and understand how to make connections with many different kinds of people. By focusing on a love of learning, we are developing happy children who ask questions, stand up for what they believe in and strive to make the world a better place. 

Throughout the school year, there will be several opportunities to meet with me and share your ideas. Please plan to attend at least one of these opportunities. Please follow us on Twitter @neelysbendes to receive updates and learn about all the exciting things taking place this school year!


Contact Information

1300 Neely's Bend Road
Madison TN 37115 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Dr. Derrick Salter
Counselor: Mrs. Carmen Davis
School Board Representative: Jill Speering




School Description

Neely’s Bend Elementary School has provided quality education in the Madison area for more than 150 years. As we have changed from a rural to a suburban/urban setting, we have always met the challenge to remain an effective school. After a one-year absence from the building, the students, faculty and staff have returned to the newly renovated building at 1300 Neely’s Bend Road. 

Our School Improvement Plan for the 2016-2017 year reflects this proud tradition. Our mission to empower students with the necessary skills to become responsible and productive world citizens is based on the premise that all students can learn in a nurturing, safe and accepting environment. Our commitment to improve student achievement is supported by a variety of teaching methods and strategies that recognize student learning styles, rates and needs. 

At Neely’s Bend, we consider the community as a resource, and our parents and students as partners. We provide many opportunities to ensure this partnership is involved in setting students’ expectations, school decision-making and support activities. We encourage you to visit our school and meet our staff and students.

What our school offers:

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Technology classes
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Library awards
  • Student performances: plays and musicals
  • Community readers
  • Read Me Day, Read Me Night
  • Mayor’s art contest
  • Fall Festival
  • After-school tutoring
  • Awards day every nine weeks
  • Before and aftercare
  • Field Day events
  • Vanderbilt Counselor on site


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 15 minutes - Morning Meeting (Social & Emotional Learning)
  • 120 minutes - Balanced Literacy
  • 60 minutes - Balanced Math
  • 45 minutes - Response to Intervention and Enrichment
  • 30 minutes - Lunch
  • 20 minutes - Recess
  • 60 minutes - Related Arts (physical education, music, technology and art)
  • 30 minutes - Social Studies/Science

School Details & Links


Tops: Shirts with long or short sleeves and a collar in any solid color. 

Bottoms: Pants, shorts, skirts and dresses must be khaki, navy or black. Denim is not allowed. 

Footwear: Tennis shoes are recommended; laces must be tied.

Outerwear: Solid-colored sweaters or jackets without hoods are allowed. Heavy coats and hoodies will be placed in student lockers. 


  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Company
  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
    President: Brittany Garland
  • Vanderbilt Counselor (on site one day per week)

  • None available

  • Regions Bank
  • The Horace Mann Companies
  • Fifth Third Bank