VOL. 126 | NO. 16 | Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Warren Rolls Out More Detailed Compromise For Feb. 28 Board Vote
By Bill Dries
The Memphis City Schools board has another compromise plan for breaking a consolidated school system into several districts.
And the compromise from MCS board member Jeff Warren is scheduled for a vote Feb. 28, a dozen days after early voting begins on the referendum to surrender the MCS charter and consolidate it with the Shelby County schools system.
Warren’s plan is more detailed version of a multi district school system he floated earlier this month but didn’t bring to the board for a vote. At the earlier meeting, the board rejected a compromise offered by Shelby County schools leaders that would have required the MCS board to rescind its charter surrender resolution among other steps.
Warren’s plan doesn’t try to stop the referendum set for a March 8 election day with early voting beginning Feb. 16 and ending March 3.
As that is happening, his plan would establish a panel to see if it can come up with a plan for a city-county school system that would have three or four separate districts all under the control of a single board and a chancellor.
Developing the plan would delay the effective date of any school system consolidation.
If recommended by the panel, the proposal would go to voters not just in Memphis but across Shelby County. If voters turned it down at the polls and the charter surrender were approved by voters in the earlier March 8 vote, the Shelby County school system would then assume control of what had been the Memphis City Schools and the two systems would be consolidated.