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August 29, 2018
Why this Memphis principal says hiring former students is the ‘ultimate compliment’
Barbara Harmon of Germantown High School is a finalist this year for Tennessee Principal of the Year.
July 31, 2014
With its own school system, leader says Germantown will distinguish itself
After starting his career teaching Dolly Parton’s nieces and nephews, Jason Manuel has risen to become Germantown Municipal School’s first superintendent. In this interview he explains why Germantown thinks of itself as exceptional and sometimes appears to be less cooperative than other districts.
June 18, 2014
Shelby County School Board has lengthy discussion about missing equipment, passes self-evaluation
Shelby County Schools board members debated the need for stronger accountability measures for tracking equipment and property that belongs to the district during Wednesday’s special called…
May 7, 2014
County commission approves $47 million in capital requests for Shelby County Schools
Shelby County Schools will have a little more than $47 million in capital funding to make building improvements for the next school year, but superintendent Dorsey Hopson II said that amount only begins to address the district's facilities needs.
December 10, 2013
Shelby County school board approves agreement with Germantown
Shelby County's school board approved its final agreement with Germantown in a special-called meeting Tuesday. The vote brings to close a months-long debate over which schools will be absorbed by six municipalities that don't want to be part of the merged Shelby County School district.
December 9, 2013
Shelby County school district reaches a deal with Germantown
The Shelby County school district will deed five schools to Germantown and will settle a civil rights lawsuit with the town, clearing the way for town leaders to create their own school system, the Commercial Appeal reports. Germantown would be the last of six suburban towns to come to an agreement with the merged school system.
November 6, 2013
As Germantown mayor begs to negotiate, Shelby board members gawk
Germantown’s mayor, Sharon Goldsworthy, upset several Shelby school board members at a committee meeting Wednesday when she claimed to want to keep Memphis students within…
October 28, 2013
Shelby board approves plan to keep students after municipalities break off
Shelby County's school board proceeded with a controversial plan Monday to keep more than a thousand students and four schools from being absorbed by six municipal districts set to open next school year. The board voted 5-1 to approve a resolution that would allow the superintendent to lease several buildings to the municipalities. The resolution also allows the administration to begin planning to serve more than 1,000 students who live in Memphis but attend schools in the municipalities. Board members devised the plan to cushion the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. By holding on to the students, Shelby would also hold on to the per-pupil funding that follows them. Board member David Pickler voted against the resolution and board member David Reaves abstained from the vote. Pickler, Reaves, and dozens of Germantown residents in attendance Monday argued that the public didn't have enough time to vet the resolution and express their opinion before the board voted.
October 23, 2013
Shelby County superintendent proposes to take back schools, students
Shelby County school administrators proposed Tuesday to keep four schools and thousands of students from being absorbed by six municipalities that want to break away from the district. The proposal would keep millions of tax dollars that follow students in county coffers, cushioning the financial blow that a separation between six municipalities and the county system would cause. Shelby administrators estimate they would lose at least $52 million if the six municipalities split next year. They would lose another $22 million if the county keeps intact the school zoning map that determines where students go to school, officials said last night. Shelby superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the plan would be the least disruptive to the more than 150,000 students who attend public schools in Shelby County. "Continuity for the students was a big driver here," Hopson told board members.
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