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Unified school district likely to be subdivided

There are still, apparently, many details to be worked out by the people in charge of reinventing education, but it seems there's a clearer picture of what a unified school district might look like. There are still, apparently, many details to be worked out by the people in charge of reinventing education, but it seems there's a clearer picture of what a unified school district might look like.

(WMC-TV) – There are still, apparently, many details to be worked out by the people in charge of reinventing education, but it seems there's a clearer picture of what a unified school district might look like.

And that district isn't likely to be a single, super-district.

A recent Commercial Appeal headline reads "Unified Memphis-Shelby County schools to split into 6 sub-districts."

The newspaper claims the Transition Planning Commission, the group in charge or merging the Memphis and Shelby County districts, will soon approve and recommend one of two plans, both of which call for dividing the 150,000 students into six decision making sub-districts.

Two of those districts would be in the current Shelby County system and the other four would be in the city and each would have varying degrees of local autonomy.

According to the CA: "principals could hire teachers, budget decisions could be localized and school calendars set."

But, even those possibilities probably won't stop the train that many Shelby County municipalities have boarded headed for a May 10 referendum vote to start their own school districts.

"We are moving ahead so that we can exercise all our options while monitoring what's going on with the transition committee," Mark Heuberger, Town of Collierville spokesman said earlier this month.

Suburban mayors have said in the past that they cannot risk waiting to see whether the TPC will come up with a plan their constituents like.

If they DID wait, and then didn't like what they see, it would be too late to have their districts up and running by the start of the 2013-14 school year when the unified district is set to start.

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