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Unified board votes against 'special master'

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Tuesday night's board meeting for the new unified Memphis and Shelby County school system was anything but boring.

From rejecting federal Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays Jr.,'s order to appoint a Special Master to bickering over a name change for the unified school district, it was evident the district still has a long way to go before moving forward.   

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Judge Mays announced Monday he was leaning toward appointing a Special Master to help in the merger of the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools districts. However, the Unified board voted to reject the judge's recommendation and instead of providing potential names for a Special Master, provided concerns.

From rushing the superintendent search to money, board members voiced their issues with Judge Mays' announcement.

The group also discussed a potential name change for the new district. Board member Patrice Robinson filed a motion that members vote on a name that would represent city and county residents.

Before the board could vote on Robinson's motion, Dr. Snowden Carruther made a substitute motion to keep the name as Shelby County Schools.

The board agreed to take up the issue again at a later date.

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