School Merger

Mid-South News
6:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Sales Tax Referendum Enflames Tensions Between Memphis And Its Suburbs

The Agricenter early voting location in Memphis.

Early voting is underway and residents in Memphis and the unincorporated county are voting on a half-cent sales tax increase.

Outside the early voting location at the Agricenter, Nancy Ream said she and her husband voted for the sales tax increase, “my understanding is that it is supposed to go for Pre-K money and this is a community that really does need money for Pre-K, for kids under five. We need to get those kids in school as fast as possible.”

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Mid-South News
4:00 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

County Commissioner Mike Ritz Comes Up With His Own Cost Estimates For Municipal Schools

Commissioner Mike Ritz provided his own analysis of the costs to fund municipal schools in Shelby County.
Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz

Each of the six suburbs outside of Memphis is considering opening its own municipal school district, rather than join the merged Memphis and Shelby County School District in 2013. And they each hired consulting firm Southern Educational Strategies LLC to estimate how much that would cost. Now, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Ritz is questioning those estimates.

Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries says Ritz’s estimates are much higher than the consultant’s report.

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