Shelby County School board OK's merger memorandum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby County School board OK's merger memorandum

(WMC-TV) - Now that a tentative agreement has been reached between the Memphis City and Shelby County school boards to merge the two beginning October 1st, SCS board members are weighing in.

The tentative agreement requires approval from all parties involved. Thursday, Shelby County board members unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding.

Click here to read the memorandum.

"I feel like this memorandum of understanding that has been put together best serves the children of Shelby County and those who don't have a say," board member David Reaves said. "I believe it serves them well."

Under the tentative agreement, Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools will be governed by the Shelby County Board of Education. The 23 board members appointed by Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and the Shelby County Commission will be responsible for adopting a transition plan.

The transition plan the large board must adopt will come from a 21 member transition committee, as mandated by the Norris-Todd State Law.  Shelby County Schools gets five appointments.

"The primary focus of the 23 person school board is going to be working together with the 21 member transition planning committee to develop the framework and all the details necessary to bring the two districts together," Shelby County School Board president David Pickler said.

At Thursday's meeting, Pickler told board members they each have until Monday to submit the names of at least three people they would recommend to serve on the transition committee.

Pickler plans to meet with Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash on Friday. One of the things they'll be discussing is where the news 23 member school board will hold its meetings.

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