CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION       WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Memphis City Schools voted on December20, 2010 to dis...
dissolve the Memphis special school district is hereby accepted and approved, effectiveimmediately, and a transition there...
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  1. 1. CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Memphis City Schools voted on December20, 2010 to dissolve the Charter the Memphis Special School District (“MCS”) and surrender thesame to the Tennessee Secretary of State pursuant to the authority granted by Chapter 375 of the1961 Private Acts (the “Act”); said Resolution, a certified copy of which is attached hereto, hasbeen presented to the Memphis City Council with a request to accept the surrender of the Charterand dissolution of the Memphis Special School District; WHEREAS, the Memphis City Council desires to accept and approve the surrender ofthe Charter and the dissolution of the Memphis Special School District upon the termshereinafter set forth; WHEREAS, the Memphis City Council believes that its acceptance of the dissolutionand surrender of the charter of MCS pursuant to the Act is consistent with and necessary toimplement, if not already implemented, the unequivocal intent of the General Assembly asexpressed in Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-2-501(a)(1) that all special school districts that are not taxingdistricts be abolished; WHEREAS, the Act does not set forth any provisions or procedures for the winding upand liquidation of the affairs of MCS; WHEREAS, the Council believes that authority granted it by the Act, includes bynecessary implication the authority to do all such acts incidental and necessary to provide for anorderly dissolution of MCS and consolidation of its affairs with the county school system,including development of a plan of dissolution and consolidation; WHEREAS, education statutes, statutes of general application and Tennessee lawcontemplate that a dissolved special school district and/or public benefit corporation shall beconsolidated with the county school district upon dissolution, but that the dissolved entity shallcontinue in existence after dissolution and shall have and possess only those powers necessary towind up, liquidate and transfer its affairs and assets to the county school system, especially whensuch entities have outstanding indebtedness; WHEREAS, Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-2-1101(c) provides that in the absence of a board ofeducation for a school system the governing body of the City may exercise any authorities orrights granted by Title 49, Chapter 2, parts 5 and 10-13 of Tennessee Code Annotated,specifically including contracting with the county for the operation, maintenance or improvementof schools within the City; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Memphis City Council that theResolution of the Board of Education of the Memphis City Schools to surrender its Charter and
  2. 2. dissolve the Memphis special school district is hereby accepted and approved, effectiveimmediately, and a transition thereafter to be implemented in accordance with the plan ofdissolution hereinafter set forth. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Comptroller of the City is directed certify thisResolution and plan of dissolution and the Mayor is directed to cause to be filed with theTennessee Secretary of State a certified copy of this Resolution and plan of dissolution onFebruary 4, 2011. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council adopts, as a plan of dissolution andconsolidation, and hereby directs that the dissolution, winding up and consolidation of the affairsand properties of MCS with the county school system shall, to the extent possible, be completedno later than June 30, 2012, unless an orderly transition can be accomplished by an earlier dateand that the Mayor is authorized and directed to negotiate with the county school system a jointoperation agreement of MCS during the winding up period as the mechanism for implementationof the plan of dissolution and consolidation; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council requests the Mayor to seek anagreement with the county board of education for the joint operation of MCS during the windingup period that includes, but is not limited to provisions that regulate personnel, curriculum,transportation, attendance zones, capital funding allocation and expenditures, operation andmaintenance funding allocation and expenditures, student discipline, the transfer of facilities andmaintenance thereof, consolidation of accounting functions and any other functions necessary orappropriate for the operation of MCS until fully integrated and consolidated with the countyschool system and that said agreement once finalized shall be subject to Council approval; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Mayor is authorized and directed toimmediately propose to the county school system a plan for submission to the statecommissioner of education that confirms that the rights and privileges, described in Tenn. CodeAnn. § 49-5-203, of teachers employed by MCS are not impaired, interrupted or diminished. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution and plan of dissolutionbe submitted to the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education and TennesseeAttorney General, together with the joint operation agreement when and if completed. TheMayor is authorized to seek the assistance of the Attorney General and the Commissioner ofEducation in the preparation, execution and interpretation of the joint operating agreement if hedeems such assistance necessary or appropriate.

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