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Move to delay school merger fails

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A resolution to delay the merger of Memphis and Shelby County schools died during a school board session Monday evening.

The thought was to avoid a scenario where this year is spent merging the districts, and next year is spent splitting them back up if municipal schools are created.

School board member Tomeka Hart wrote the resolution after bills were filed in Nashville to allow the creation of municipal schools. Hart wanted to delay the merger of the two school districts until 2014, so consolidation is complete after the creation of municipal schools.

But the resolutions did not get enough votes to even make it on the agenda, so the issue died and the merger continues on as planned.

"There were a lot of people who voted no but I know they're working to help municipal systems get formed," Hart said. "I think to the Shelby County taxpayer that sends a mixed message, spend all this money and time and resources now to build a system than pull it apart."

Hart says she will be watching the bills that would allow municipal schools, and if they pass, she will consider bring this resolution up again.

The board did get the votes to add a resolution that would direct the legal council to look into changing the name of Shelby county schools and the resolution will be discusses at the March meeting.

"We have to bring some finality to this merger, for our teachers, parents, for everyone in the community," said David Reeves. "The second thing, if we would have put this off for another year, the cost would have been exorbitant."

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