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City schools board committee agrees on joint school site

Memphis City School Board members agreed on a location for a joint school with Shelby County on Thursday.

The school board's Capitol Improvement Committee agreed to recommend the site on Hacks Cross to the full board for approval, but members were clear they still have concerns they need the county to address before they break ground.

Commissioner Tomeka Hart, attending the meeting via speakerphone, made it clear she wasn't happy, feeling the county school board had left the city out of the land selection process.

"Joint means joint when its all over," she said. "So if its supposed to have been joint, we should have been involved in whatever search firm was hired to do that, and from the beginning."

Hart wasn't the only one with questions.

Administration members representing Superintendent Carol Johnson wondered just how big the new school would be, and how much it would cost to bring it up to code once its finally handed over to the city. The also has plans to spend money on such things for two other former county schools, Cordova and Kate Bond.

While the details are not final and the process not perfect, committee members finally decided the best decision was to move forward.

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