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COPY-Memphis schools seek contempt order against city

Associated Press - March 11, 2011 11:35 AM ET

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis City Schools are asking the courts to hold Memphis and the City Council in contempt for not paying a $57 million judgment.

The school system successfully sued after the city council cut $57 million from its annual schools contribution in 2008 but the city has yet to pay.

Last week, the school district filed court papers seeking to garnishee the city's bank account.

Meanwhile, the city is demanding the schools deposit $57.5 million in a city account for outstanding school construction debt.

A hearing on the civil contempt petition is set for May 11 in Chancery Court.

City Council chairman Myron Lowery told The Commercial Appeal that Mayor A C Wharton and schools Superintendent Kriner Cash have been in negotiations to settle the tab.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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