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1. Leadership Selections Next for Suburban School Boards -

For five of the six municipal schools boards that began taking office this week, their only formal involvement in the talks that led to agreements on school buildings and ending the federal lawsuit that threatened to hold up their start dates was to approve the agreements already negotiated.

2. Hopson Heads Both School Systems -

The city and county school systems have a single school superintendent less than five months from the start of the first school year of the consolidated school system in Shelby County.

Interim Memphis City Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson was appointed interim Shelby County Schools superintendent at the first countywide school board meeting since the board approved a buyout last week of county schools superintendent John Aitken.

3. School Closings Meetings Move to Orleans Elementary -

Memphis City Schools officials host the next in a series of meetings on proposed school closings Tuesday Jan. 15 at Orleans Elementary School, 1400 McMillan St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4. Countywide School Board Acts on Recommendations -

Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools become a single consolidated school system in August with the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The countywide school board will get around to hiring a search firm to pick a merger superintendent at its meeting next week. And the goal is to pick a superintendent by mid-February.

5. Gordon Elementary Not Part of State-Led District -

Leaders of the Achievement School District will announce Friday, Dec. 14, which schools in the Memphis City Schools system they plan to include in the state-led school district next school year.

And as the announcement nears, they are also making it clear that Gordon Elementary School will not be on the list of 10 schools. Gordon also is not on the list of 14 Memphis elementary and middle schools under consideration.

6. Board Votes to Close, Convert Schools -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel warned school administrators that they may be pushed aside if they don’t come up with recommendations that produce more efficiencies and save more money for the soon-to-be-merged school systems.

7. School Board Starts Process on School Closings-Transformations -

Countywide school board members voted Thursday, Nov. 29, to begin the process of considering the closing of four elementary schools in western Memphis and the conversion of two other inner city schools in what amounts to a move to compete with the Achievement School District.

8. Cash Puts Five Elementary Schools On List For Closing Consideration -

Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash is proposing the countywide school board consider closing five elementary schools and turn Humes Middle School over to the state-run Achievement School District.

9. Achievement School District Leaders Hold Meetings -

Leaders of the Achievement School District started earlier in the run-up to their second school year than they did with the first group of five Memphis schools they picked for the state-run district’s debut in August.

10. Achievement School District Weighs 10 Additions -

The state-run Achievement School District will add 10 more Memphis schools in the 2013-2014 school year, the first year of the schools merger in Shelby County.

The 10 schools to be run under state control or with charter school operators selected by the state will be announced Dec. 17. That’s also when leaders of the district will announce which schools they will run directly and which ones will be operated by charters.

11. Shelby County’s Early Voting Tops 62K -

As Shelby County Election Commission officials admitted there was a problem with early voting, turnout by early voters soared for the voting period that ended Saturday, July 28, in advance of Thursday’s election day.

12. Annexation Returns to Forefront in Schools Discussion -

It keeps coming back to the issue of turf between the city of Memphis and the six suburban municipalities.

The complex questions of who paid for what, how much they paid and who gets it predates the ongoing move to schools consolidation by years. And it has everything to do with whether Shelby County has one or multiple public school systems at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

13. Property Value Among School Bills Board is Examining -

If a charter school rents or buys an existing public school building in Tennessee, it would have to be at fair market value under one of numerous charter school bills expected to be filed in the Tennessee Legislature this year.

14. Suburban Schools Reports Conclude No Cost To Get Buildings - The local discussion about changes to Shelby County’s two public schools systems has shifted this week to efforts by leaders of the county’s six suburban towns and cities to form their own school system or systems.

15. Divisions Remain As Schools Talks Continue -

Memphis City Schools board members continue a series of town hall meetings on the schools consolidation referendum with different opinions about what the ballot question means.

And city schools attorney Dorsey Hopson added a caution about expressing their political opinions at the sessions paid for with public money.

16. Illegal Immigration May Help State, Hurt Some Cities, Study Finds -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee can do little to curb illegal immigration and its costs beyond urging the federal government to enforce its laws and fund the programs it requires state and local government to provide, according to a new report from the state comptroller's office.

17. Events -

The Tennessee Child Care Facilities Corp. conducts a small business development seminar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Norris Road Church of Christ, 1055 Norris Road. Cost to attend is $25. Call (888) 413-2232.

18. 'Bon Voyage' Concert Debuts Saturday at St. Mary's Buckman Center -

May 2

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center presents "Orientation and Genealogy Basics" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Call 415-2742 for more information.

19. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Smith & Nephew Buys

Smith & Nephew Buys

Homes Road Property

Smith & Nephew Inc. has purchased property at 6409 Holmes Road in the Holmes/Crumpler Planned Development for $4.8 million, according to The Daily News Online, www.memp...

20. Archived Article: St. George (lead) - St St. Georges school to build new campus By SUE PEASE The Daily News The Schools of St. Georges will be experiencing a growth spurt next year as it begins construction of a new middle and high school campus in Collierville. In April, St. Georges Sc...