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$4.8M approved for school repairs

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New city school districts get slice of Shelby County capital spending Staff reports The Shelby County Commission squeezed $4.8 million into its $52.2 million capital spending plan to cover some capital improvement project (CIP) requests for the area’s new municipal school districts. The added funding covers the following projects for facilities that will soon be […]

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At a Glance for May 15, 2014

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State says muni school districts are now ‘official’ Good news for the new Bartlett, Arlington and Lakeland municipal school districts: They’re now official. The state notified the Mid-South’s new municipal school districts Friday that their Local Education Agency (LEA) operation applications had been approved. Although a formality, the approval is an essential step in progressing […]

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Bolton annexation keeps drawing fire

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Protesters opposing possible Lakeland annexation of the Bolton rural reserve showed up with polished speeches and signs at the board meeting on May 8, and they left about half an hour later with part of the answer they wanted. Annexing the entire Bolton rural reserve area will be too costly for Lakeland as far as […]

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Lakeland updated on Bolton study, trash bids, senior center

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Lakeland’s city board had a packed house for its May 1 work session. Some citizens left after trash bids were discussed, and a few others left after brief discussion of a much-anticipated feasibility study. The study is designed to help Lakeland’s leaders decide whether to proceed with requests to annex the Bolton rural reserve area. […]

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Lakeland: More than a one-school wonder

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Lakeland School System is progressing toward that August 4 deadline when the school doors open, and the new superintendent, Dr. Ted Horrell, is confident the district will be ready. Some skeptics have doubted the potential success of a district that currently has just one school. “But the longer I’ve done this, I’m convinced it’s a […]

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At a Glance for May 1, 2014

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How to help tornado victims Want to offer help to devastated tornado victims in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi? See this article on CNN.com for information on some of the reputable charities coordinating donations. Lakeland claims 2014 Mrs. Tennessee, United States Congratulations to Lakeland’s Rachael Briley Neudecker, crowned Sunday night as “Mrs. Tennessee, United States” at the […]

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Goodwill gets Lakeland school contract

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The Lakeland Board of Education has authorized Lakeland School System to enter into a contract with Memphis Goodwill Industries to provide janitorial and grounds services to Lakeland Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year. The contract is being supervised by Community Rehabilitation Agencies of Tennessee, which provides employment opportunities for Tennesseans with disabilities who face significant […]

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Petitioners resist Bolton annexation idea

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About 40 Bolton residents who fiercely oppose annexation by Lakeland showed up en masse for the April 15 Lakeland city board meeting. Eight spokesmen told the board they don’t want the annexation requested by some of their neighbors. Mike Taube of Brunswick Road asked the board to cease the merger feasibility study currently underway and […]

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Arlington and Lakeland crimes – March 2014

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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office provided March crime report data on Arlington and Lakeland. ARLINGTON LAKELAND

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Lakeland interviews for a principal, plans for growth

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Interviews this week for Lakeland Elementary’s new principal could yield an announcement as early as Thursday morning, Dr. Ted Horrell, superintendant, told the Lakeland school board Monday night. He added that, if additional time is needed for deliberation or checking references, the process could extend into next week. The board also authorized Horrell to work […]

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At a Glance for March 27, 2014

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Arlington tops list of best Tenn. cities for homeownership Four area cities are on NerdWallet.com’s list of Tennessee’s best cities for homeownership. Cities were measured by high home ownership rate, affordability, and growth. Arlington tops the list, and Collierville, Lakeland and Bartlett fill slots 8 through 10. See details at http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2014/best-cities-homeownership-tennessee/. Tenn. reduces harassment and discrimination The Equal Employment […]

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Lakeland working toward first school day

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With just four more regular business meetings before the fall semester begins, the Lakeland School System – like other new municipal school districts in Shelby County – is working through a long list of decisions and activities. Board chairman Kevin Floyd said he’s confident the district will open school on time in August, and the […]

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