One-year marriage of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools ended in a happy divorce — for one side

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 14, 2023 6:15 AM CT | Published: August 13, 2023 4:00 AM CT

It was the largest and shortest public school district merger in United States history. A decade later, leaders on both sides recall the road that led to an unhappy “shotgun wedding.” 


Memphis City Schools Shelby County Schools merger Muncipal school districts Memphis Shelby County Schools Tomeka Hart David Pickler Dorsey Hopson Wyatt Bunker Ted Horrell Brian Stephens Subscriber Only

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Don Wade

Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.


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