Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Luttrell, Search Firm Both Talk Up Delays in School Merger Process

Mayor cites Board inaction and effect of municipal schools; PROACT also put off by uncertainties.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Mayor Luttrell
  • Mayor Luttrell
Simultaneous with published reports that the search firm hired by the unified School Board wants a delay in looking for superintendency candidates, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has said he thinks a year-long delay in school merger itself would be helpful.

Luttrell told members of the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday that the likelihood of multiple school systems in Shelby County’s suburbs and the complications stemming from that process would make such a delay desirable. Luttrell also expressed frustration with the efforts of the unified Board in resolving matters that impinge on its own budget — and consequently on that of the county at large.

“We still don’t know what the schools will cost. I thought we would have a budget for them by now,” Luttrell said. “Maybe we’ll get something from them by May.”

The impatience in the mayor’s voice was almost palpable as he told the Rotarians, “To say I’m frustrated with the School Board is an understatement. They have done us a disservice.”

Luttrell said his own need to prepare a county budget has been hampered by the Board’s failure to come to grip with unfinished items on its agenda. Only last week, in two meetings, the Board — deadlocked between contrary points of view held by holdover members of the erstwhile Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools boards—failed to make headway on school closures or whom the new system should hire for cleaning purposes.

Asked if a year’s delay might be a viable alternative to completing city/county school merger by this August, Luttrell said, “Yes, I think it would.”

Luttrell’s opinion would seem to coincide with that expressed by officials of PROACT, the Board’s search firm. According to The Commercial Appeal. , the search firm, like Luttrell, has been put off by uncertainties created by School Board inaction and would prefer to pursue the search in earnest ”in the fall and winter months.”

Board member Chris Caldwell has said he will present the firm’s request for consideration at Tuesday night’s Board meeting.

Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • Luttrell Endorses Randy Boyd for Governor

      Shelby County Mayor hails former state Commissioner of Economic Development and celebrates the rural West Tennessee roots he shares with the Knoxville native's family.
    • Cohen Tells It!

      In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.
    • Proposed Tax Cut in Jeopardy as Commissioners Reverse Course

      Meeting in committee on Wednesday, Shelby County legislators cast party-line vote for $4.13 tax rate, edging away from $4.10 rate that dominated discussion in marathon Monday session. Matter to be decided next week.

Speaking of School Consolidation

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

  • Tennessee Legislators Act to Disqualify Cruz for Presidency

    Yarbro, Powell introduce bill banning any candidate why is not "natural born" from ballot or from receiving electoral votes.
    • Jan 25, 2016
  • Cohen Tells It!

    In which Memphis’ Democratic congressman Steve Cohen, addressing an apparent GOP effort to muddy the waters on the Russian inquiry, not only takes no crap but gives it back where it came from. This is worth watching from beginning to end -- even for those who might disagree on the politics of the matter.
    • Jul 26, 2017
  • MHA Head Sullivan Headed to Chattanooga

    • Dec 17, 2015

Most Commented On

ADVERTISEMENT

Flyer Flashback

Six Memphis Characters

Eccentrics, artists, and oddballs — six Memphians who live life their way.

Read Story

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation