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Board OKs school vote on first reading

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen took the first steps Monday night toward creating the town’s own school district.
During a special called meeting, board members unanimously repealed an existing referendum that was created in 2012 when the city and several other Shelby County municipalities attempted to create their own districts.
The board also proposed a new referendum to create a special election that will let citizens vote on whether to create and fund a new district.
“The standard for funding the schools is often misrepresented to mean that the town must raise local taxes by 15 cents, said James Lewellen, town administrator. “The requirement is only that an equivalent amount be spent on education.”
Last year, residents voted to increase the local option sales tax by one-half cent.
Board members will vote again on the ordinances during their regularly scheduled meetings on May 13 and 28.
The goal is to hold an election on July 16.
The efforts to move forward with a special election now will allow an appointed education committee time to begin creating a new district while school board members run for office.

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