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Unified Schools board could expand

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Federal court Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays, Jr., and lawyers for the county commission, the school board, and the municipalities met to talk about the possibly adding six new board members.

All parties involved could not come up with an agreement. At some point in the discussion we heard this whole situation compared to the Titanic.

It appears Judge Mays wants to expand the school board from seven members to 13. However, he's trying to figure out the best way to select the six new members.

Tuesday's discussion today centered around the county commission's lawyer said his client, who was under the impression that the commission will appoint the new members of the board.

But representation from the school board said that current board members feel it would be best to have an election. Board members though do not support expanding because they feel it will slow their progress with the merger.

The lawyer for the municipalities made it clear they don't agree with expanding either, but said he would need to meet with his client to get feedback on how to select more board members.
Judge Mays wants each group to come up with a proposal to select these new board members.
The final numbers on cost should be ready by the end of the week. Then, next Friday, April 26 all parties involved will meet back in Judge Mays' courtroom to hopefully to make a decision. He encouraged them to chat amongst themselves and work to resolve this issue.

He also said they were proving the court is a bad place to make public policy.

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