As you know our ongoing municipal school progress is just that- ongoing. After the citizens of Bartlett voted YES to a Bartlett municipal school system (passing by 92%) we continue to move forward. Our next objective comes on November 7, 2013 as we vote to elect a Bartlett school board slate of five (yes again). The deadline for filling for a position was September 26 at noon. Since that deadline has passed we now have insight into who those people are applying to be elected. Here is a segment from The Commercial Appeal (click here for the full story):
“In Bartlett, where campaign signs already are appearing, all five of last year’s winners are trying to return to the school board, most of them without opposition. No one pulled petitions to face Jeff Norris in Position 1, Shirley Jackson in Position 3 or Bryan Woodruff in Position 4. In an interesting twist, Erin Berry, who was the only candidate unopposed last year when she was elected to Position 2, has drawn the challenge of Alison Shores this time. And in Position 5, David Cook, winner of the 2012 race, is challenged by Sharon Farley, who filed her qualifying petition Wednesday.”
We congratulate Jeff Norris, Shirley Jackson, and Bryan Woodruff for becoming our first Bartlett School members (since they have no opposition)! We look forward to working with them to create and launch the best school system.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the process or have questions about our Bartlett school system feel free to contact Jason Sykes directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone at 901-412-6852.
We did it! The referendum approving a Bartlett school system has been passed by the voters. Once the results of the referendum are certified by the Shelby County Election Commission, a date will be set for the school board special election (should be early November). We would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make this vote a reality!
In the meantime, a group of education experts, school board candidates and other volunteers are working together on the city’s education advisory committee. The committee’s task is to produce a set of plans for the new school system that are as complete and comprehensive as possible. This will allow the elected school board members to begin from a running start, with a workable budget and a set of policies to govern the school district.
The school board’s first task will be to hire a superintendent, and he or she will perform all of the other hires and execute the plans adopted by the school board.
We encourage Bartlett citizens to remain active throughout this process. We are far from over, so we continue to need you.
The signs are back up all around the city, and Bartlett is ready to vote again to start a municipal school district. The time is now and we need you!
The referendum is set for Tuesday, July 16, and creating a Bartlett school system is the only item on the ballot.
Bartlett Early Voting Location:
5586 Stage Road
Early voting dates and times:
Saturday, July 6: 10-4pm
Monday, July 8: 10-7pm
Tuesday, July 9: 10-7pm
Wednesday, July 10: 10-7pm
Thursday, July 11: 10-7pm
Election Day (at your regular precinct):
Tuesday, July 16: 7-7pm
For more information:
Last year Bartlett voters approved a 1/2 cent local option sales tax increase to fund the new school system. That vote was not cancelled by the court, so the funding stream is already in place. This time voters will only be voting (again) on whether to approve the creation of a new school system.
The ballot question reads as follows:
City of Bartlett
Shall the City of Bartlett create a municipal school system that shall meet the standards of adequacy established by applicable State law and regulation, which standards include raising and spending each year the required amount of local funds for the operation of the municipal school system that, for calculation purposes only, would at least be equal to the amount that would be raised through a fifteen cents ($.15) tax levy on each One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) of taxable property for each year if all such taxes were collected?
Thank you all for the support for Jason Sykes. We conducted a great, well-run campaign, but we came up 879 votes short of a victory. We congratulate Paula Sedgwick in her victory as Bartlett’s newest Bartlett Alderman.
In Jason Sykes’ speech to a packed room of supporters to challenged us all to continue to be active and play a leadership role in our community. Now is not the time to dodge our civic duties for our city, but to continue to press for positive change and help Bartlett become an even stronger community.