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SCS approves suspending superintendent search

(WMC-TV) - The Unified School Board debated some big issues Tuesday night, including a proposed delay in the merger of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools.

That proposed delay was just one of a number of hot topics covered during a regular meeting that began at 5:30 p.m. A special meeting was called immediately thereafter.

The board voted against delaying the merger of Memphis and Shelby County Schools which was proposed by board member Kenneth Whalum.

The court-appointed special master, Rick Masson, said the 23 member board may be the most representative body he has ever seen in his years of public service in this city.

"But I'll be honest with you. I am concerned about the process being made, and it relates to actions you have or have not taken in the past seven days," said Masson.

One of those actions may pertain to the proposed outsourcing of custodial services, which has gone back and forth for weeks. The outsourcing of custodial and transportation services for the unified district was approved. New start times for some county kids will be known by end of week.

A number of people spoke out against a plan to close at least 10 more schools, including Northside, Carver, and Westhood High Schools. One student said merging Carver with rival BTW would mean increased violence.

The Shelby County School board voted 19 to 3 to continue with discussion of closing more schools. This means they will plan community meetings.

However, the Shelby County School board did decide to suspend the superintendent search at the request of the search firm.

The vote was 18 to 4. Dorsey Hopson will stay on as interim superintendent for both districts.

The request was submitted to delay the superintendent search until 2014 because of uncertainty.

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