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County approves school merger team

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Board of Education named its five members to the school merger transition team Thursday.

The appointees were chosen today and will serve on a 23 member team that will be charged with overseeing the merger of Shelby County and Memphis schools.

Here are the board's selections:

Tommy Hart:

Tommy Hart is a former Shelby County Commissioner and also served as the Chairman of the County Commission. He was the President and CEO of Hart Manufacturing in Collierville and is presently associated with the Hart Properties Group.

Richard Holden:

Richard Holden retired from Shelby County Schools while serving as the Chief of Operations in charge of building and maintaining schools. He also served as the Director of Planning and, prior to that, was in charge of student testing.

Rickey Jeans:

In 1968, Rickey Jeans was one of the first African-American children to integrate Shelby County Schools. He later became an All-American football player at Collierville High and went on to play at and graduate from Vanderbilt University. He owns his own insurance agency in Memphis and next month will be inducted into the SCS Hall of Fame.

Keith McDonald:

Keith McDonald has been Mayor of Bartlett for the past nine years and, prior to that, served as a Bartlett Alderman for five years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Municipal League, as well as on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities (NLC). He is also past Chairman of the First Tier Suburbs Committee for the NLC.

Katie Stanton:

Katie Stanton is a former teacher, principal and Director of Student Services for SCS. She was twice elected as President of the Shelby County Education Association and also served as the President of the Tennessee Education Association. She is presently working with Christian Brothers University supervising and evaluating student teachers.

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