MCS Board approves tentative merger deal - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MCS Board approves tentative merger deal

(WMC-TV) - Both the Shelby County and Memphis City School Boards have approved a merger deal, the latter going one step further during a meeting Thursday night.

Months after a majority of members on the Memphis City School Board first voted to surrender the district's charter, every member present at the meeting followed the Shelby County School Board's lead by approving a comprehensive consolidation deal tentatively agreed upon by all parties Wednesday.

The city school board also wasted no time in naming five people to a consolidation planning committee, which will advise the 23-member unified county school board once it is formed.

"It was a very tedious process to get really good people to want to come and serve," said MCS Commissioner Stephanie Gatewood.

Names were picked from a list of nominations presented by each board member.  University of Memphis law professor Daniel Kiel was one of them.

"My wife and I are born and bred Memphians and this is the issue we care most about," said Kiel.  "This is an opportunity to really make an impact and I'm excited to be a part."

Twenty-one people will eventually sit on the planning committee, appointed by the city and county school boards, as well as the Shelby County mayor.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the nominations," said MCS Board Chairman Martavius Jones.  "I hope that Mayor Luttrell as well as SCS and Mr. Pickler and their nominations sort of fill in the gaps."

The 23-member unified school board will be made of current MCS and SCS Board members, in addition to several people appointed by the Shelby County Commission.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly