Final School Board Meeting Marks End of an Era for MCS

Final School Board Meeting Marks End of an Era for MCS

Tuesday marked the end of an era with the final school board meeting for Memphis City Schools before the merger takes effect.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Tuesday marked the end of an era with the final school board meeting for Memphis City Schools.

On Tuesday, June 25, the final meeting of the school board before the merger takes effect took place before a crowd smaller than crowds in the recent past.

Even several board members were absent.

But that meeting gave Superintendent Dorsey Hopson a chance to reflect.

“Memphis City Schools has been in existence for 165 years,” said Hopson, “the charter for MCS is even older than the charter for the City of Memphis.”

The last board meeting before the merger did get a little emotional.

“I tip my hat to MCS,” said Hopson, “and I ask each and every one of you to give MCS a hand.”

A standing ovation followed.

The mood then turned somber as Hopson addressed the 300 central office staff cuts currently ongoing.

“I ask that you say a prayer for all those people affected,” Hopson said.

School board member Martavius Jones laid the cuts at the hands of local government.

“Neither the city council, nor the county commission - particularly the county commission - would support a tax increase. And that has forced us to make these difficult cuts.”

And in the final meeting before the merger is complete, Hopson had a surprise for the city.

“It’s a resolution to assign the right to collect the $57.4 million in judgment against the City of Memphis to the Shelby County Board of Education.”

Hopson’s resolution had strong support; it passed quickly and unanimously.

Late in the meeting the board finally passed the $1.2 billion operating budget for the 2013-14 school year, but the issue of corporal punishment was tabled, as well as discussion on possible changes in the grading system.

Outspoken school board member Kenneth Whalum did announce that this meeting would be his last. If MCS was going away, he was too.
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