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Teacher residency proposals to be discussed

(WMC-TV) – Wednesday, two education proposals are on the table for Shelby County.

Those proposals could determine when or if some Memphis City School teachers will be forced to move when the Unified School District (USD) takes over.

In just a few hours, a committee of commissioners will hear the specifics of these teacher residency proposals for the first time.

There are two choices. Either Memphis City employees will be exempt from having to re-locate to Shelby County, or they will have one year to pack up and move.

Employees with Memphis Schools are allowed to live outside the city, but when the district shuts its doors on July 1, those workers will have to follow county rules. That will require all employees of the Shelby County Board of Education must reside in Shelby County.

Commissioner Walter Bailey Jr., who represents Memphis, sponsored the ordinance to exempt current city school employees from the residency requirement.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Terry Roland of Millington is pushing for the year grace period.

According to the Commercial Appeal, The Unified School Board is hoping a decision can be made so employees aren't penalized for a situation they did not create.

Today's committee meeting is expected to get underway here at the County Commission at 10 a.m. We will update you on new developments.

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