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1. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

2. Commission to Have Different Look After Election -

The first post-election appointment for the winners of the 13 Shelby County Commission races on the Thursday, Aug. 7, election ballot is a Friday luncheon with commission Chairman James Harvey.

3. Hopson Contract Extension Represents Reform Mandate -

Public school superintendents in Tennessee are not elected in a popular vote anymore. They are appointed by school boards – the only hiring decision school boards make.

So when the Shelby County Schools board voted 6-0 Monday, June 23, to extend the three-year contract of superintendent Dorsey Hopson through June 2018, it was a mandate by the board for the student achievement gains Hopson and the board have set as goals.

4. Hopson Contract Extension Faces Tight Timeline -

The Shelby County Schools board will discuss Tuesday, May 27, an extension of Dorsey Hopson’s three-year contract to be superintendent of the school system.

And a vote could come at the board’s June 17 work session, if not sooner. Under state law, the body has up to 45 days before the August school board elections to extend the contract or leave the matter for consideration by the next school board.

5. Jones, Reaves Look to Commission Terms -

For David Reaves and Eddie Jones, the 2014 election year is over.

6. Malone to Challenge Luttrell In August Mayoral Showdown -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

7. Malone Takes Early Vote In Mayoral Primary -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone took the early vote in the three-way Democratic primary for Shelby County Mayor.

The first results of the Tuesday, May 6, election night showed Malone leading rivals county commissioner Steve Mulroy and former Shelby County Schools board member Kenneth Whalum Jr.

8. School Board Approves $52.6 Million Capital Ask -

Shelby County Schools board members have approved 25 sets of attendance zone changes for the first school year of the demerger and sent a $52.6 million capital “ask” for the current fiscal year to the Shelby County Commission for consideration.

9. Schools Demerger Reflects Cooperation, Competition -

For now, Shelby County’s seven public school systems are cooperating and competing with one another often at the same time on the way to the demerger of public education in August.

The same dual existence is playing itself out between the Shelby County Schools board and parents of children who have attended schools about to be in the suburban school systems but who live outside the six cities and towns.

10. Demerger Debate -

In five months, a new school year will begin in Shelby County. And for a second straight academic year, many parents will be able to say it is unlike any in their lifetimes.

The first and last school year of the unified Memphis City and Shelby County Schools systems will be followed by what educators are calling the “demerger.”

11. Roland ReElected At Filing Deadline, Two Countywide Races Set For August -

One of the six Shelby County Commission incumbents seeking re-election this year was effectively elected to a new four-year term in a new district with the noon Thursday, Feb. 20, filing deadline for candidates in the May county primaries.

12. Changes Likely in Attendance Zones Proposal -

The set of two dozen proposed attendance zone changes affecting nearly 7,000 students in Shelby County unveiled this week by Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson is the first step on the road to certainty for parents of children in the consolidated system that is about to break into seven public systems.

13. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

14. Wilkins Pulls Petition to Challenge Cohen -

Attorney Ricky E. Wilkins has pulled a qualifying petition to run in the August Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional District.

Wilkins would be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the primary, something Wilkins began considering last year.

15. Germantown Planning Commission OKs Plan for Whole Foods -

Developers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, cleared a key regulatory hurdle for a planned Whole Foods Market store in Germantown.

Before a packed house, the Germantown Planning Commission voted to approve a revamped plan for a new Whole Foods store at the southeast corner of the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Pete Mitchell Road, on the eastern edge of Germantown’s Central Business District.

16. Reaves Files for County Commission -

Shelby County Schools board member David Reaves has filed to run for the District 3 Shelby County Commission seat.

17. Reaves Files for County Commission -

Shelby County Schools board member David Reaves has filed to run for the District 3 Shelby County Commission seat.

18. Commission to Have New Faces in 2014 -

When Shelby County Commissioners said farewell to one of their own this week at the commission’s last meeting of 2013, it was the latest in a series of changes that will remake the 13-member body by this time next year.

19. School Board to Weigh Additional School Closings -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Tuesday, Dec. 17, to start the process of considering the closing of four more schools for the 2014-2015 school year, bringing the number of schools that could close to 13.

20. Judicial Races Show Signs of Life -

Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter opened his re-election bid with the sound of bagpipes in the clubhouse of the Overton Park Golf Course.

21. School Board Questions Teacher Residency -

One of the coming debates about education reform in Shelby County will be about the role of teacher residency programs in preparing future Shelby County Schools system teachers.

Shelby County Schools board members approved two contracts before the Thanksgiving holiday with Memphis Teacher Residency and Teach For America, the two dominant residency programs working in Shelby County.

22. Arlington, Lakeland School Pacts Go to Commission -

Shelby County Commissioners meet Friday, Nov. 22, for the second time this week.

Friday’s special meeting is the latest stop for the agreements that transfer school buildings to the forming municipal school districts in Arlington and Lakeland and end a federal lawsuit over those two school districts.

23. Building Negotiations Likely to Stray for Schools -

The Shelby County Schools board approved a specific framework Monday, Oct. 28, for negotiations with each of the future six suburban school systems on school buildings within their boundaries.

The specifics are 40-year leases for a specific list of schools for a “negotiated sum” that would “assist in offsetting the health and life insurances costs of currently retired school system employees.”

24. School Board Approves Suburban Schools Negotiation Framework -

Shelby County Schools board members voted Monday, Oct. 28, to authorize superintendent Dorsey Hopson to negotiate 40-year leases on schools within the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County between Shelby County Schools and the still forming suburban school systems.

25. Students In Unincorporated County Move Into Focus -

It was the issue that didn’t get a lot of public discussion in the initial move to form suburban school districts in Shelby County.

Suburban leaders envisioned that their six school systems would retain attendance zones and incorporate agreements that allowed all children attending the schools in their cities and towns to continue attending those same schools. That included thousands of children who live in unincorporated Shelby County including the Memphis annexation reserve area as well as their own reserve areas. And it included children in one suburban city who attended school in another suburban city.

26. Hopson Proposes Plan for Unincorporated Schools -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

27. Hopson Proposes SCS Keep Unincorporated Schools Plus Four In Suburbs -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

28. Hopson Proposes SCS Keep Unincorporated Schools Plus Four In Suburbs -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

29. Hopson Proposes SCS Keep Unincorporated Schools Plus Four In Suburbs -

The Shelby County Schools system would continue to educate school age children in the unincorporated areas of Shelby County and operate the 14 schools in those areas as well as one in Lucy and the three schools in Germantown bearing that city’s name under a proposal presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the countywide school board by schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

30. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt -

The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.

31. Schools Move Focus to Early Childhood -

The date still isn’t firm for the Nov. 21 ballot. But the campaign for a half-cent hike in the city’s sales tax rate to fund an expansion of pre-kindergarten in the city of Memphis is underway.

So are the complications that have been a close companion of the idea since it was first proposed a year ago and approved by the Memphis City Council.

32. Wharton Names Eight to Pre-K Trust Fund Board -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. nominated eight people Monday, Sept. 23, to serve on the board of a pre-kindergarten trust fund that would be established if city voters approve a half-cent sales tax hike in November.

33. County Commission to Vote on Head Start Push to Schools -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a resolution Monday, Sept. 23, that encourages the countywide school system to apply to take over the $23 million federal government grant county government now gets to operate a Head Start program.

34. Hopson: Schools Should Explore Head Start Takeover -

As he secured a contract Tuesday, Sept. 17, that makes him superintendent of Shelby County Schools for the next three school years – possibly four – Dorsey Hopson said the school system is weighing a bid to take over the Head Start program now run by Shelby County government.

35. Hopson Three-Year Contract Approved By School Board. -

Countywide school board members approved a three-year contract Tuesday, Sept. 17, that makes Dorsey Hopson the superintendent of Shelby County schools through Sept. 2, 2016 at a starting base pay of $269,000 a year.

36. Pared-Down School Board Begins to Set Goals -

Countywide school board members began the process Tuesday, Sept. 3, of setting goals and a vision for the one year they will operate as a seven-member body.

And the four-hour retreat ended with a goal of working toward 100 percent literacy in reading for third-grade students in the school system.

37. School Board Recognizes Labor, Gets Security Update -

Interim countywide schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson told the school board Tuesday, Aug. 27, that “jurisdiction issues” between the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were the primary cause of security problems at schools this month.

38. Learning Curve -

When the first day of the first school year of the unified county school system opened Monday, Aug. 5, a group of school board members, staff and interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson stopped at Millington Middle School.

39. Schools Look to State for Money Owed -

When the Tennessee Legislature returns to session in January, the consolidated school district will ask legislators to pass a law compelling the city of Memphis to pay a court judgment it owes the school system or lose state funding.

40. School Board Bans Corporal Punishment, Pushes State Legislation on City Funding -

Less than a week from the start of the first year of the consolidated school district, countywide school board members Tuesday, July 30, approved a series of policy decisions that reconcile differences between the old Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools systems.

41. Early Voting Opens for Municipal Schools -

Early voting in advance of the July 16 special elections on forming suburban school districts opens Wednesday, June 26, at the Shelby County Election Commission offices Downtown at 157 Poplar Ave.

42. Schools Payroll Systems to Remain Separate -

A week after announcing a change in when Shelby County Schools teachers get paid in the schools merger that begins July 1, interim schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson changed course. The change keeps teachers from the two systems on different pay schedules for the first year of the merger.

43. School Uniform Policies Remain Unchanged -

After setting policies on school uniforms and labor unions, next up for the countywide school board is a single policy for the two combined school systems on student access to cell phones.

Interim schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson gave school board members the preview Tuesday, May 28, of what is certain to be a coming debate at the June board meetings as they approved a much-discussed policy on uniforms and dress codes.

44. School Board Approached by Suburbs -

A new round of talks about the schools merger and municipal school districts is about to begin.

And this time, the countywide school board may be at the table.

Countywide school board attorney Valerie Speakman told school board members Tuesday, April 30, that attorneys for the leaders of Shelby County’s six suburban municipalities have sent her a letter about possible talks on issues that go beyond the consent decree governing the merger.

45. School Board Delays Supt. Search, Approves Merger Outsourcing Contracts -

Countywide school board members voted Tuesday, April 30, to move their search for a merger superintendent beyond the August start of the merger.

But the board voted down a resolution asking Memphis Federal Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays to consider delaying the merger itself.

46. Hopson Takes Over Public Schools Leadership -

Since Dorsey Hopson became general counsel for Memphis City Schools in 2008, he has experienced a whirlwind of change.

The Memphis City Council cut funding to the school system triggering a landmark court case, city and county school systems have been on a fast and rocky path to a merger, and the countywide board ballooned to 23 members. And then Hopson found himself in January serving as the interim superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

47. 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.

48. Board to Weigh School Closings -

Countywide school board members are scheduled to vote Tuesday, March 26, on the closings of four schools at the end of the current year.

And they could see additions to the agenda that put the Achievement School District’s Gestalt Community Schools charter operation in Humes Middle School with the new school year. That would also come with an end for the time being of plans for a new optional school the school board had approved for Humes at the start of the school year.

49. Aitken Departs Post Without Board Opposition -

In the end there weren’t any attempts Tuesday, March 19, to talk John Aitken into remaining as Shelby County Schools superintendent.

Countywide school board members made no moves to call off a superintendent search process that now has no firm date by which to pick a schools leader.

50. Masson Talks Plan for Merger Work -

The special master in the schools merger federal court case says his first order of business is to look at the paperwork and other documents of the case and what has been done so far in the merger.

51. Humes Middle School Future Plans Debated -

The Achievement School District wants to move its Gordon Science & Arts Academy out of Gordon Elementary School next school year and into Humes Middle School.

52. Schools Merger Issues Moving on Several Fronts -

The schools merger issue is moving again on several fronts less than six months before the first school year of the consolidation begins.

The movement began with the release of a preliminary schools budget for the first year of the merger that shook many county and city schools parents out of the mindset that the merger would mean few changes at the school level.

53. Hart To Explore Schools Merger Delay -

Countywide school board member Tomeka Hart will offer a resolution at a school board meeting Monday, Feb. 18 that could call for a one year delay in the scheduled July 1 merger of the city and county school systems.

54. School Board Asks For $145 Million Extra -

The countywide school board is asking the Shelby County Commission for $145 million in extra funding for the first fiscal year of the schools merger.

The “ask” is a preliminary number that goes to a county commission budget retreat scheduled for Feb. 23. It is extra funding beyond the $361 million county government currently provides both school systems.

55. Schools Merger Budget Sent Back -

The first and very preliminary draft of a budget for the first year of the consolidated public school system in Shelby County was probably dead on arrival this week.

Even before a public hearing Monday, Jan. 4, that drew several hundred people, countywide school board members spent most of the day reviewing the numbers with the transition steering committee – a group of top administrators from both school systems.

56. Hopson Calls for Unity in Schools -

Once countywide school board members finished Tuesday, Jan. 29, posing for a picture with outgoing Memphis City Schools superintendent Kriner Cash, the board quickly got back to the emerging details of the coming schools merger.

57. School Ethics Committee Begins Work -

Three countywide school board members on Wednesday, Jan. 23, began the first ethics probe of another board member that anyone with either school system can remember.

School board member Martavius Jones made a formal complaint in December that fellow member David Pickler violated the board’s code of ethics by not disclosing his personal interest in school board business. He also called for Pickler to resign.

58. Historic Opportunity -

The best look at the competition conventional public schools in Memphis face begins at Humes Middle School, which recently got some attention for the birthday anniversary of a student who went there in the 1950s.

59. School Board Divisions Resurface -

Countywide school board members already had a lot on their agenda Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they were surprised by an internal ethics investigation.

Near the beginning of this week’s meeting, school board member Martavius Jones offered a resolution calling on board member David Pickler to resign over money put aside by school districts under the Tennessee School Boards Association to cover the liability of other post-employment benefits (OPEB).

60. Conflict Charge Roils Busy School Board Meeting -

One countywide school board member called Tuesday, Dec. 18, for the resignation of another board member over an alleged conflict of interest.

School board member Martavius Jones offered a resolution calling on board member David Pickler to resign over money put aside by school districts under the Tennessee School Boards Association to cover the liability of OPEB amounts – other post-employment benefits.

61. Merger, Superintendent Process Set -

Countywide school board members will begin what several described as the “dirty work” of the schools merger at a special meeting Nov. 15.

At that meeting, the board will vote on many if not all of the recommendations from the consolidation planning commission that ended its work in July.

62. School Board Majority Backs Sales Tax Hike -

Twelve of the 23 countywide school board members have signed a letter urging voters to approve a half-cent countywide sales tax hike in the Nov. 6 elections.

The letter dated Thursday, Oct. 25, refers to using half of the estimated revenue from the extra half cent for an expansion of pre-kindergarten. But it mentions pre-k as one of several possible uses for the $30 million that would go to local education under state law.

63. School Board To Make Stand On Tax Hike -

When the countywide school board votes next week on a resolution to endorse a half-cent countywide sales tax hike, the vote will not be unanimous.

And the resolution that backs the tax hike on the Nov. 6 ballot will not guarantee that the $30 million from the tax hike that goes to local education will be used for pre- kindergarten access for all children.

64. Getting to Business -

A year after they took the oath of office along with other members of the new countywide school board, David Reaves and Billy Orgel got a brusque introduction to each other.

65. Support Given to Hire Schools Search Firm -

The countywide school board could start getting information from search firms this week and probably vote on a process for picking a merger superintendent by the end of October.

A committee of countywide school board members and community leaders is recommending that the school board hire a search firm and conduct a national search for the superintendent of the merged school system.

66. School Board to Welcome Two New Members -

The two newest countywide school board members are question marks on the most critical and time-sensitive questions the entire school board faces with less than a year to the merger of Shelby County’s two public school systems.

67. Love and Gibson Appointed To Countywide School Board -

Shelby County Commissioners appointed Mary Anne Gibson and Oscar Love Monday, Sept. 10, to the countywide school board.

68. Commission to Appoint School Board Members -

Shelby County Commissioners will appoint two new members to the countywide school board at their Monday, Sept. 10, meeting.

The commission meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

69. Commission Opens Process of Board Appointments -

Shelby County Commissioners voted Monday, Aug. 27, to open the process of appointing two citizens to the countywide school board. Those two appointees would fill the vacancies created by the election in August of David Pickler and David Reaves to the countywide board from their seats on the old Shelby County Schools board.

70. Commission Overrides Sales Tax Referendum Veto -

There is about to be a swap on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Instead of a citywide half-percent sales tax hike ballot question, the ballot question in November now becomes a countywide sales tax hike.

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday, Aug. 27, to override last week’s veto of the countywide tax hike ballot question by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

71. Commission Takes Applications for School Board -

The Shelby County Commission is about to fill two vacancies on the countywide school board created by the Aug. 2 election results.

David Reaves and David Pickler won school board races for two of the seven district seats that will be the countywide school board after the schools merger begins in August 2013. Both had been members of the old Shelby County Schools board who continue serving with members of the old Memphis City Schools board on the 23-member transition board up to the merger date.

72. Questions Stack up for Unincorporated County -

Countywide school board member David Reaves said he didn’t know on Tuesday, Aug. 14, enough times that a standing-room-only crowd at Bolton High School began to anticipate the answer to their questions about where there children would attend school in the first year of the schools merger.

73. Orgel Talks ‘Glass Ceilings,’ School Buildings -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel says there is a “glass ceiling” sometimes when it comes to considering local educators for the leadership of what will be a merged public school system in one more school year.

74. Watershed Day -

The unofficial vote totals are in from Thursday’s county general and state and federal primary elections in Shelby County, but no one involved believed the last cartridge read at the Shelby County Election Commission would be the last word on the results.

75. Muni Schools Questions Pass, Cohen Wins Big -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County approved establishing municipal school districts in the unofficial results of the Thursday, Aug. 2, county general and state and federal primary elections.

76. Muni Schools, Cohen, Weirich, Johnson, Stanton, Kyle Take Early Vote -

Voters in each of the six suburban towns and cities in Shelby County were overwhelmingly approving the establishment of municipal school districts and a half cent sales tax hike to fund them in the first vote totals released Thursday, Aug. 2 by the Shelby County Election Commission.

77. Day of Answers -

Polls open across Shelby County at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in elections that already promise to be memorable for problems during the early voting period as well as the mixture of issues and one-of-a-kind contests on the ballot.

78. Committee to Disband as Board Considers Next Step -

The countywide school board’s ad hoc committee to review the schools consolidation plan is about to disband without acting on the plan sent to the board by the schools consolidation planning commission.

79. School Board Moves Toward Superintendent Pick -

At the start of another five-hour countywide school board meeting Tuesday, June 26, Jim Boyd of the schools consolidation planning commission set the stage for a busy night on several fronts.

80. Todd Challenger Drops Out at Withdrawal Deadline -

Add Republican state Rep. Curry Todd to the list of state legislators from Shelby County who are unopposed in the August primaries and the November general elections.

At the Thursday, April 12, deadline for candidates to withdraw from the August ballot, Todd’s lone challenger, Bob Nozigla, dropped out of the Republican primary in District 97.

81. School Board Races Set -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, has effectively won election to his District 7 school board seat without opposition.

Five other incumbents appointed to the seven-district school board seats by the Shelby County Commission filed for re-election at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline.

82. Cohen-Hart in Congressional Race at Filing Deadline -

The chairman of the countywide school board, Billy Orgel, was effectively elected to his District 7 school board seat without opposition at the Thursday, April 5, filing deadline for candidates on the Aug. 2 primary and general election ballot in Shelby County.

83. Election Filing Deadline Looms -

Candidates in the Aug. 2 set of elections have until noon Thursday, April 5, to file their qualifying petitions in the set of state legislative and congressional primary races as well as the seven general election races for Shelby County school board.

84. Deadline Looms for Complex Aug. Elections -

The August elections were already going to be more complex than usual. There are the changes from this year’s drawing of new district lines for the Tennessee Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

85. School Board Takes Steps Back, Forward -

The two public school systems in Shelby County used the same team to evaluate charter school applications this week in the first joint proposal the Memphis City and Shelby County School systems have brought to the board for approval.

86. Three-in-One -

Highwoods Properties Inc. is about two weeks away from completing more than $1 million in parking lot renovations and building improvements at the East Memphis office complex Triad Centre, bringing its three developments into a cohesive, campus-style environment.

87. Schools Get Fresh Start With New Board -

The separate Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools boards are no more when the end of September rolls over into October.

And the 23 members of the countywide Shelby County Schools board take the oath of office Monday, Oct. 3 at the MCS auditorium.

88. Pickler Picks Five for Consolidation Commission -

Shelby County Schools Board chairman David Pickler has selected the mayor of Bartlett, a county schools parent, the longtime head of the Shelby County Education Association, a reitred county schools administrator and a former Shelby County commissioner to serve on the schools consolidation planning commission.

89. Schools Consolidation Opponents Differ on Next Step -

Shelby County Schools board members meet Thursday, Sept. 8, to make selections to a schools consolidation planning commission and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam expected to announce his selection by the end of this week.

90. Schools Consolidation Saga Turns Corner -

Where does a 23-member countywide school board meet? “FedExForum is open,” replied Shelby County Schools board chairman David Pickler last week to the question from fellow board member David Reaves.

91. Suburbs Weigh School Options -

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is recommending the city hire a consulting firm to research the creation of a municipal school district.

But in a written statement that is her first response to last week’s ruling in the federal court schools consolidation lawsuit, Goldsworthy said the exploration of a Germantown school district is one of several options the suburban city is weighing, including being part of a consolidated Shelby County school system.

92. School Board Elections Next Step in Process -

All eight of the entities involved in the schools consolidation case in Memphis federal court agree that the Shelby County Commission should draw the district lines for a new countywide school board.

93. Countywide School Board Plans Make Different Recommendations to Court - Recommendations for the creation of a new countywide school board began coming in late Friday, Aug. 12, to the Federal Court clerk's office.

The Memphis City School board recommends a seven district countywide school board with an election of that board to be held no later than March 2012.

94. Mays To Hold Schools Consolidation Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County Schools board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

95. County School Board Seeks Injunction From Thursday Schools Hearing -

Most of the Shelby County school board wants a court order in Memphis federal court Thursday that will stop the plan by the Shelby County Commission to appoint a new countywide school board on March 28.

96. County School Board Members Seek Court Halt to Countywide School Board -

U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays has set a Thursday status conference on the schools consolidation lawsuit and legal motions pending in his court.

And five of the seven Shelby County school board members want him to stop the Shelby County Commission from appointing a new countywide school board on March 28.

97. City, County Schools Leaders Address Critical Issues -

On what turned out to be a school day with snow in the afternoon, the Shelby County Schools board had a lot on its agenda last week.

There was a proposed school calendar, a five-year school construction and renovation plan and the always controversial business of setting new attendance zones for two elementary schools and a high school.

98. Schools Standoff Shows Up in Cyberspace -

The legal opinions on the terms for voting on a consolidated school system are beginning to pile up.

But there are other signs of life away from the law books and centers of government that so far have defined the standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems.

99. Answers Emerging in School Drama -

At the end of a critical week in the standoff between Shelby County’s two public school systems there still was no script for the fast moving drama.

But the moves made had all been discussed late last year as options in the faster moving minds of the political players.

100. GOP Carries Countywide Offices -

The only thing Republican candidates in Shelby County were denied in the Aug. 5 elections was a majority on the Shelby County Commission. The local GOP slate swept every countywide partisan race on the ballot with Thursday’s election results.

Voter turnout – early and Election Day – was almost 30 percent of Shelby County’s 600,000 voters. All election returns will be audited and must be certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.

Republican Bill Oldham, the former chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Department under outgoing Sheriff Mark Luttrell, beat Democrat Randy Wade in the race for sheriff.

The unofficial returns with all precincts reporting were:

Oldham: 89,613 (52%)

Wade: 82,981 (48%)

Wade, who was the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2002, linked his 2010 campaign to the re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen. Wade, a former sheriff’s deputy, is Cohen’s district director.

Oldham campaigned on continuing the policies of Luttrell. But his campaign faltered when Oldham was forced to resign his job as chief deputy – the No. 2 position in the department – following a complaint to the U.S. Justice Department that his candidacy violated the Federal Hatch Act.

The civil complaint investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel left Oldham with the choice of either quitting the job or quitting the race. To keep both could have jeopardized federal funding the department receives.

The complaint was unique because deputies and high-ranking officers running for sheriff has been a regular feature of the sheriff’s race for decades. It wasn’t until 2002 that those in the department were required to take a leave of absence if they ran.

In other general election races, challenger Ken Hoover lost to Shelby County School Board Chairman David Pickler in the race for the District 5 seat on the seven-member board.

Pickler has been chairman for 11 of the 12 years the school board has been an elected body. Pickler ran on his record as chairman. Hoover also ran on Pickler’s record, saying his leadership style was too autocratic and not transparent enough.

The unofficial results were:

Pickler: 5,123 (51%)

Hoover: 4,956 (49%)

In the two other contested school board races, former Bolton High School principal Snowden “Butch” Carruthers beat Millington parent Charlene White in District 1. And political newcomer David Reaves beat fellow newcomer Lara A. McIntyre, both of Bartlett, for the District 3 seat.

White and McIntyre both called for change in school board methods during their campaigns.

District 7 school board member Ernest Chism ran unopposed.

The even-numbered district school board seats are on the 2012 county ballot.

After running for Probate Court clerk three other times, Democratic nominee Sondra Becton could not claim the office on her fourth try – even with the incumbent she campaigned against the three other times out of the race. Republican contender Paul Boyd easily beat Becton in the race for the office Chris Thomas gave up to run for and win a seat on the Shelby County Commission.

Becton lost to Thomas by 604 votes four years ago and was among the four Democratic challengers who unsuccessfully challenged the results in Chancery Court. This time she lost by more than 6,500 votes.

The vote totals were:

Boyd: 82,259 (52%)

Becton: 75,702 (48%)

Republican Tom Leatherwood easily defeated Democratic challenger Coleman Thompson to remain Shelby County register. The two faced each other in 2006, with Leatherwood winning.

The results Thursday were:

Leatherwood: 96,531 (58%)

Thompson: 68,784 (42%)

As early voting began, Thompson’s Pyramid Recovery Center was evicted from its longtime South Memphis space that was also an early voting site and an election day polling place. The landlord agreed to leave the voting sites up and running. But the possibility of a change in polling places served to highlight Thompson’s financial problems.

Late publicity about financial problems took a toll on another Democratic contender.

Newcomer Corey Maclin began campaigning early for Shelby County clerk, with incumbent Republican Debbie Stamson not seeking re-election. Maclin lost to Republican nominee Wayne Mashburn, the son of late county clerk Sonny Mashburn.

The unofficial returns were:

Mashburn: 88,619 (55%)

Maclin: 72,651 (45%)

Stamson’s husband, Steve Stamson, retired as Juvenile Court clerk, setting up the race that was won by Republican nominee Joy Touliatos, the chief administrative officer of the clerk’s office. She beat Democratic nominee Shep Wilbun, who won appointment to the clerk’s office in 2000 but lost to Stamson in the 2002 election and was beaten by Stamson again in 2006.

With all precincts reporting, the numbers were:

Touliatos: 85,849 (51%)

Wilbun: 73,345 (44%)

The remaining votes went to independent candidate Julia R. Wiseman.

Also seeking a return to countywide office was Minerva Johnican. Johnican, the Democratic nominee for Criminal Court clerk, lost to Republican nominee Kevin Key, the son of outgoing Criminal Court Clerk Bill Key and an administrator with the Circuit Court Clerk’s office.

The results were:

Key: 79,755 (49%)

Johnican: 74,831 (46%)

Independent candidate Jerry Stamson: 8,581 (5%)

Johnican, also a former Memphis City Council member and Shelby County Commissioner lost the clerk’s job in 1994 when she was upset by the elder Key.

Incumbent Republican Circuit Court Clerk Jimmy Moore easily defeated Democratic challenger Ricky Dixon. Although Dixon was part of the effort by Democratic party leaders to get voters to vote the entire party slate, Moore continued to show up at Democratic functions and make his case for crossover votes.

Regina Morrison Newman, the third Shelby County tustee in four years, lost her bid for a full term in the office to Republican challenger David Lenoir. It was an impressive political debut for Lenoir, who had heavy backing from the local GOP.

The results were:

Lenoir: 77,166 (49%)

Newman: 72,618 (46%)

Independent candidate Derrick Bennett: 6,353 (4%)

Newman was appointed to the office by the Shelby County Commission following the 2009 death of Trustee Paul Mattila. Mattila was appointed to the office and won a special election for the position following the 2008 death of Bob Patterson. Patterson was re-elected to a four-year term in 2006.

In the judicial races:

Attorney Bill Anderson Jr. emerged atop a field of 20 candidates for General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 7 with 15 percent of the vote. Assistant County Attorney Janet Lansky Shipman was second and the only other contender to go into double digit percentages. The 20 candidates were the largest field in any race – primary or general – on the Shelby County ballot.

Prosecutor Bobby Carter, who had the backing of District Attorney General Bill Gibbons and former District Attorney General John Pierotti, was elected judge of Criminal Court Div. 3 in a close race with attorneys Glenn Wright and Latonya Sue Burrow.

Carter got 26 percent of the vote to Wright’s 25 percent and Burrow’s 24.7 percent.

The results in the three other special judicial races saw the three appointed judges rejected by voters.

  • Lee Wilson, the appointee to General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Div. 10, lost to former General Sessions Court Clerk Chris Turner by more than 64,000 votes. Turner’s victory was the strongest proof of the strong Republican turnout for races across the general election ballot. Turner had been the General Sessions Court clerk until 2006, when he was upset by Democratic challenger Otis Jackson. He is also a former Republican state legislator.
  • Lorrie Ridder, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 4, lost to attorney Gina Higgins by about 5,000 votes.
  • Rhynette Northcross Hurd, the appointee to Circuit Court Judge Div. 8, lost to attorney Bob Weiss by more than 12,000 votes.

Ridder and Hurd had been appointed to the Circuit Court vacancies by Gov. Phil Bredesen, who picked them each from a list of three finalists from the Judicial Nominating Commission. Bredesen even taped a robo-call on behalf of Hurd, his first robo-call for any candidate in the state.

Wilson was appointed to the General Sessions vacancy by the Shelby County Commission and adopted a domestic violence case docket for the court.

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