VOL. 126 | NO. 177 | Monday, September 12, 2011
Commission To Pick School Board Members
By Bill Dries
Shelby County Commissioners take the final step Monday, Sept. 12, to the creation of a new countywide school board that will take office in three weeks.
The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.
On the agenda is the appointment of seven members to the new 23-member board agreed to by all sides in the schools consolidation lawsuit settlement.
Monday’s session might not be as long as last week’s marathon 10-hour interview session with nearly 100 applicants for the appointments. But some commissioners were already talking last week of delaying any other items on the agenda that could wait for another two weeks.
The general government committee session with the applicants last week is a good indicator of what is likely to happen Monday.
The seven non-binding straw polls of commissioners last week included most of the 13-member body. But they selected either three or four finalists each, which means a lot of shifts in votes are likely Monday when commissioners are limited to one vote each.
The appointments could go several rounds, however, if no candidate gets the required seven-vote majority on a first round.
Here are those who are recommended by the committee:
District 1: Noel Hutchinson Jr., Chris Lareau, Sammie Jones and Duncan Williams;
District 2: Tyree Daniels, Sherman Greer and Teresa Jones;
District 3: Angelo Lamar, Raphael McInnis and Karen Woodward;
District 4: Ken Hoover, Nancy Bailey, Todd Martin and Sonya Smith;
District 5: Jim Kyle, Mondonico Williams and Kevin Woods;
District 6: Rosalyn Nichols, Reginald Porter Jr., Terry Spicer and James Catchings;
District 7: Billy Orgel, Todd Payne, Michelle Moore-Lindsay and James Sdoia.
The recommendations do not limit commissioners in their nominations. They can nominate any citizen for the positions, recommended or not.
The seven selections from seven districts that cover all of Shelby County including the city of Memphis will join a transitional 23-member school board that also includes all nine current Memphis City Schools board members and all seven current Shelby County Schools board members. That board begins its service Oct. 1 and serves until Sept. 1, 2013, when a permanent seven-member countywide board elected in August 2012 begins its term of office.
The consolidation of Memphis City and Shelby County schools is to begin at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.