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MCS residency to be debated by commission

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

More than 1400 Memphis City School teachers could be forced to move to keep their jobs after the merger, an issue that will soon be debated in the Shelby County commission.

Asking teachers to move to keep their jobs could happen because of a residency rule that will affect MCS employees when they become Shelby County employees after the merger.

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A Shelby County attorney says residency requirements would mean MCS employees who live outside the county, would have to move to the county post merger.

She says commissioners would have the option to change the charter by removing the requirement for all Shelby County employees, or commissioners could allow MCS the 1400employees who currently live outside Shelby County, to be grandfathered in.

County Commissioner Terry Roland says some on the commission were pushing to grandfather the MCS employees in.

"They were hoping they were going to slide it in there before anyone really knew what was going on and pass it and grandfather it," Commissioner Roland said. "To me, that's playing favoritism. That's not taking into consideration all the other employees of Shelby County."

"This is a critical period right now for the school merger," added Commissioner Steve Mulroy. "We've got to do everything we can to retain the high quality teachers Memphis City Schools has been trying to recruit the best high quality teachers."

Mulroy favors grandfathering in MCS teachers, but both commissioners say they would consider eliminating the residency requirement altogether. Otherwise, Commissioner Roland favors giving MCS employees nine months to move to Shelby County.

The county commission is expected to take this matter up in the next few weeks.

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