Shelby County suburban mayors are reaching out to the Unified School Board, looking for cooperation on municipal schools.
Attorneys sent a letter to the chairman of the board requesting a meeting, asking the school board and the county commission to work together with the suburban mayors.
This stems from the Nov. 27 ruling by federal Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays, Jr., stating municipal schools could not move forward this year. He threw out the elected school boards and the case moves forward.
The suburbs are hoping to still be able to start districts separate from the unified district in 2014.
In the meantime, the suburbs will negotiate with the county commission to try and come up with a settlement, rather than continue the lawsuit.
The suburbs want to get input from the unified board to help in those negotiations.
A mediation session is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, with the county commission.
The unified board probably won't get around to discussing the matter, or appointing a panel until next week.