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Naming of the consolidated district is postponed

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(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School Board voted to indefinitely postpone a plan to name the consolidated district. Citing they had bigger fish to fry.

"We have a Shelby County, AL, a Shelby County, Ohio, a Shelby County, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, a Shelby County, Missouri," School Board Commissioner, Martavius Jones said during the meeting.

Despite the goal of some to differentiate the school district, the majority of the Shelby County, Tennessee school board voted to postpone indefinitely a plan to come up with a new name.

Most agreed it's an issue best addressed post consolidation.

Meanwhile, in another big decision, the board voted to basically ignore a federal judge's recommendation to appoint what's known as a special master to oversee the merger.

One commissioner said "expediency is an issue among themselves."

"We constantly keep coming back and coming back and coming back - and that's why we can't move forward," said School Board Commissioner, Teresa Jones.

Norris Elementary 4th grader, Brian Stevens really put things in perspective and nearly brought Action News 5's Jason Miles to tears during the meeting.

"How would you feel if someone wanted to close the place where you learned to believe in yourself," Steven asked.

He pleaded with commissioners to keep his school open.

"Remember my face when you make your decision," Steven said.

His school is one of several on the chopping block.

The board also voted tonight to formally oppose municipal schools legislation in Nashville.

While it supports special school district status, which it could one day pursue.

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