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Memphis City Schools to end July 1

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Tuesday evening the Shelby County School Board declared Memphis City Schools will cease to exist officially on Monday, July 1.

The school board approved that date to go along with the end of the fiscal school year.

Some board members, though, wanted the end date to be the start of the 2013-14 school year. Others wanted the end date to coincide with the terms of the Memphis School board members in September.

In the end, the majority of the board was in favor of MCS ending with the budget year.

MCS attorney Dorsey Hopson was also approved by the board to take over as superintendent for the district on interim basis after Dr. Kriner Cash leaves in February. Hopson will serve until the district dissolves after the conclusion of the 2012-13 school year.

It was also revealed at Tuesday night's board meeting that a charter school recommended for closure will get a second chance.

MCS recommended revoking the charter of Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE). The administration cited declining enrollment and low performance, but leaders at MASE said they purposely lowered enrollment numbers and say it was judged unfairly on performance because it is a combined middle and high school.

The board decided to give the school another chance and voted to renew MASE's charter for another 10 years.


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