Shelby County Municipal School District Votes Derailed

After moving confidently and rapidly toward forming municipal school districts, suburban officials received notice Wednesday that their efforts are “procedurally defective,” reports the Commercial Appeal.
The Shelby County Election Commission voted 5-0 to deny requests from Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown and Lakeland to hold referendums on May 10 to authorize the formation of municipal districts.
The election commission vote was based on recommendations from commission lawyers John Ryder and Monice Hagler, who on Wednesday conferred with the state’s coordinator of elections and Atty. Gen. Robert Cooper’s office.
Halting the referendums is a setback for suburban cities, but not necessarily the death knell for municipal districts, if bills being debated in the state legislature are passed. Cooper issued an advisory opinion Tuesday that the statewide ban on municipal districts had not yet been lifted and could not be lifted until after transfer of administration of Memphis City Schools to Shelby County Schools is completed.

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