Tomeka Hart Seeks Delay of Consolidated School District

Tomeka Hart Seeks Delay of Consolidated School District

A Unified School Board member wants to put the brakes on consolidating Memphis and Shelby County school districts.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Unified School Board member wants to put the brakes on consolidating Memphis and Shelby County school districts.

Late Friday afternoon, board member Tomeka Hart confirmed she will ask the board to delay the merger by one year.

She stated to ABC 24, "I will seek to introduce a resolution seeking a 1 year extension in light of Senator Norris' new bills. I won't discuss details until I can do so in an open meeting with the full board."

Hart and Martavius Jones, both Memphis City School Board members, led the effort for MCS to surrender its charter.

While Hart won't give her reasoning for requesting the delay, it comes on the heels of GOP lawmakers in Nashville sponsoring a bill this week to create municipal schools.

The courts have already ruled that a law setting up referendum votes on municipal schools was unconstitutional because it only applied to Shelby County.

State Senator Mark Norris and State Rep. Curry Todd sponsored the new legislation, which they say will cover the entire state. Both are predicting quick approval in Nashville.

Mayor Mike Wissman of Arlington said all the court hearings and cost of fighting municipal schools could have been avoided. "It's going to cost a lot of money. It's going to be detrimental to our community and instead of bickering and fighting over it, why can't we just sit down, let the municipalities plan with the school board and try to plan a system or parallel systems of cooperating and to work together."

The school merger was planned be in effect for the 2013-14 school year.

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