City and county schools close in on joint school deal - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City and county schools close in on joint school deal

Memphis City School Board Member Sara Lewis may have been the toughest sell on purchasing land for the new Southeast Shelby County High School at a meeting Monday morning.

But Monday, Lewis was convinced the property at Hacks Cross and Shelby Drive is the right spot.

"This is it, unless there's a piece of land out there that we don't know about that someone is willing to give us," Lewis said.

Lewis and others voted in a joint-committee Monday to recommend the site, and its 5.1 million dollar price tag to the full city school board.

It's a goal County Board president David Pickler has been pushing for months.

"We certainly appreciated the fact that the city school board needed to go through with due diligence," Pickler said. "It's always a good process to re-check your facts and make sure everybody's on the same page."

The pressure to move may have come in aNovember 15th letter from realtor Nick Clark to MCS Planning director James Bacchus.

The letter says in part that the owners "have been approached by another party interested in the tract."

For Lewis, that pressure played a roll, even though she still says she doesn't like the price.

"I would be the first person to tell you I wish we could get the land a heck of a lot cheaper, she said.

But finding cheaper land that is perfectly suited for a new high school does not look like an option any longer.

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