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Some suggest postponing school merger

(WMC-TV) - Some people are suggesting a postponement of the Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merger just one day after the Unified School Board passed a more bloated budget.

After a three and a half hour discussion, the Unified School Board voted to up the ante to $145 million.

"I think it's unrealistic, I think it's irresponsible," said board chairman Billy Orgel.

Orgel says it negated all of the hard work the superintendent and his staff did to come up with a feasible plan for funding the new district.

Things appear to be in such disarray that Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland says he is hearing some want to postpone the merger altogether.

Meanwhile, he does not think the commission would approve the tax increase it would take to give the school board what it wants.

"They created this mess," said Roland. "I told them from the beginning they're going to break the county, the people couldn't afford it, and I don't think we have the numbers on the commission to get it."

A number of school board members realized their request was rather unreasonable but figured they would ask so real cutting could begin.

There is a budget retreat with the county commission planned for February 23.

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