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Shelby County Schools superintendent gets contract extension

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School Board approved a golden parachute for the current superintendent Thursday.

Commissioners vote to extend Superintendent John Aitken's contract two years to 2015. Supporters said the move will ensure stability in the event of a city and county school merger.

"Extending the contract of our superintendent would be the one stabilizing and calming factor for all of our children," said supporter Maureen Frayser. "It would give parents the confidence they need during these times of uncertainty."

Aitken's original contract was supposed to expire in June of 2013. His original salary was $193,000 a year. He would be paid two years of this salary, totaling nearly $400,000, if he is not chosen to lead a unified school system.

Diane George was the only Shelby County School Board member who voted against extending the superintendent's contract.

"Our superintendent's contract right now is premature and a misuse of funds," said George.

Also at Thursday's meeting, University of Memphis researchers shared the results of a study. It looked at the impact a suburban-only special school district could have on Memphis.

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