(WMC-TV) – Local leaders, including the suburban mayors, all showed up for municipal schools mediation talks Monday morning.
"Hopefully we can reconcile our differences and save taxpayers the expense of litigation," said Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey. "That's a big hope, though."
Compromise seems like a stretch since the crux of the case is whether the new suburban schools are constitutional.
Action News 5's Kontji Anthony asked Bailey, "Either they open the schools or they don't. How do you mediate that?"
He responded, "I don't want to get into the details of how we address the various issues. Those things will have to develop during the mediation process."
It is unclear how long the talks will last. No one can talk about what is said inside these buildings until it is all over.
Among the suburban mayors who attended the talks were Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy, Lakeland Mayor Scott Carmichael, Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald, Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, Interim Millington Mayor Linda Carter, incoming Mayor Terry Jones, and Collierville Mayor Stan Joiner, Junior.