Transition team elects leaders, looks at school systems

(WMC-TV) - With less than a year to draft a blueprint for a consolidated school district in Shelby County, the 21-member transition team got to work Thursday.

In a meeting held in a conference room at the consolidated Memphis and Shelby County Code Enforcement building, the team elected leaders and learned more about the two school districts set to become one.

Kenya Bradshaw of the non-profit education reform group Stand for Children was elected the transition team's secretary.  Former Memphis City Schools Board member Barbara Prescott was named chairperson.

The group will regularly meet over the next year to build the framework of a new consolidated school system.

"We're extremely excited about moving forward as a committee and community, and hopefully this process will energize residents and the community at large, because we have a great opportunity to improve our public education system," said Bradshaw.

In addition to electing officers, commission members got a brief overview of both Memphis and Shelby County Schools as the districts exist today.

Members of a 23-member unified school board get sworn in next week.  That group will run both districts pending their consolidation, and will implement the transition team's plan.

The consolidated school system will be operational in 2013.

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