They can't form a new county under the current law unless they convinced parts of contiguous counties to join in a Neshoba effort. There are several other requirements besides the the size of the proposed County, including a defined distance between County seats of government, population, agreement by the affected citizens both within the proposed area and outside the new County - those citizens in towns and unincorporated areas whose land is being retracted. The vast distance between Millington and Arlington with pockets of Memphis City in between are problematic, though if the truth be told the other 5 towns would just as soon leave Millington out of the picture. It is an anomaly and its demographics/economic characteristics don't fit those of the other towns.
Packrat Totally agree with your last post. Right on point.
I answered Uhoh with the Census info because I believe he was referring to his collective neighborhood, not the kids in the schools. I too have read the Gtown report. They refer to the school aged children and give an overview of what I assume to be Census numbers related to income, age of pop., etc., but I do not recall a reference to where they obtained their numbers. They did not do any projections and certainly no projections by cohort in order to determine possible #s of children in various grades. John is correct the only definitive numbers on race of school children are in the TN Report Card.
Here's the 2010 Census. First number Bartlett; second number is for Tennessee. Not the 49%, but 16% is higher than the other burbs with probably the exception of Millington
White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 78.7% 77.6%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a) 16.1% 16.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a) 0.3% 0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 2.5% 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) Z 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010 1.6% 1.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b) 2.7% 4.6%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010 77.2%
Drift and BartlettVol
By law, if it is a municipal district they can't count nor accommodate the students from outside the municipal boundary. Not even in their own reserve area. Special District status tailored to B'lett might work. They would have to go to legislature to bring in students from current attendance zones outside of B'lett. And then they could have a problem with bordering cities - Millington and Memphis (not Lakeland as it is not an actual city, still living off Shelby County - said laughingly and with a touch of tongue-in-cheek) Not saying it wouldn't work with the Rep. legislature, but they still have to change the law.
And I am well aware of the demographics in Bartlett. It is diverse. That is much to its credit and why it makes it a place that folks want to move into. It is also one of the reasons why I made the comment about B'lett being in the best position to support its own school system. But the % of non-White used in report seems a bit high. I have found demographics in G'town report to be incorrect.
Great article John. I would really question that the enrollment in 2013 would reach 9,000. Are the consultants again counting students in reserve areas of Bartlett and other cities? Do they think that most of the children attending private/parochial schools will just leave and attend a Bartlett school?
I would be dubious about the racial makeup projected by consultants also unless they are again including areas outside the current muni boundaries of Bartlett. I do agree that of all the cities in the County outside of Memphis Bartlett has the best chance of making a muni school system work through educational support and financially.
Some school bldgs in Bartlett are far below standard. But fat chance that as a Memphis resident that I'm paying for new schools or renovation for them!
I was distressed to hear the Guerrero story discussed on national radio Saturday. While most other cities in the nation are moving toward a lax in the old 1950's and 1960's Housing and Zoning Codes to allow and even encourage urban gardening, we in Memphis remain in the dark ages. This from today's USA Today.
Give it a break Johnnie McKay. You have been in the business long enough to know you have been overlooking these gardens for years and years. Time to review the antiquated Housing Code and not only update the issue of urban gardening, but a whole slew of other issues. Come on in to the 21st Century.
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