With the local world of education starting a process that will mean a lot of change, some of the long held terms used to define who was doing what are changing as who does what is changing.
So, this is probably as good a place as any to begin a periodic update on what is called what or how we’ll be referring to them as the process of making Shelby County’s two public school systems one public school system.
The 21-member group that is overseeing a specific plan for consolidating the two school systems and creating a single consolidated school system is the Planning Commission. While we all get adjusted to what the group does you will probably see us refer to it informally as the schools consolidation Planning Commission especially when the story involves the other entity the Planning Commission will be working with.
What some have called the Unified School Board has a name still in the making. At its first meeting last week, the 23-member board composed of former Memphis City Schools and former Shelby County Schools board members as well as seven new appointees had some brief discussion about changing the name of the board to Unified School Board. Some favor keeping it as the Shelby County Schools board.
At least for now, we’ll call it the countywide school board to make a distinction between old and new.
Also for now, you will see references in our stories to who is on the countywide school board in terms of where they came from.
This is a process that has been on the move since last November. But many of our readers are just now beginning to follow the important decisions that are being made. For all of us, it’s a lot to keep track of and a lot of people on each of those bodies to remember who does what and why.
Before this is done we may have to consider scorecards.