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Posted on: May 24, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Carmichael Presents Elections Administrator with Schools Referendum Ordinance

Lakeland Mayor Carmichael Presents County Administrator of Elections with Ordinance Authorizing Referendum for Municipal Schools

Lakeland Mayor Scott Carmichael presented Richard Holden, Shelby County Administrator of Elections, with an Ordinance authorizing a new referendum for Lakeland residents to vote on whether the City will move forward with a municipal school district.

The Lakeland Board of Commissioners adopted the Ordinance on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, authorizing a new referendum for City schools.

After a referendum approving municipal schools by Lakeland residents passed last year, Federal District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays nullified the referendum results in November 2012.

The Federal Court ruling held that the State law allowing for the formation of Lakeland municipal schools was unconstitutional, as well as the 2012 referendum approving of the establishment of municipal schools.

The Tennessee General Assembly voted to change State Law to remedy the legal issues surrounding the formation of new municipal school districts during the 2013 Legislative Session.

For more information on Lakeland schools, as well as previous news regarding the proposed Lakeland School District, visit the Lakeland Schools Resource Center at

Photo (see link below): Mayor Scott Carmichael presenting Richard Holden, Shelby County Administrator of Elections, an Ordinance authorizing a new referendum on the question of whether Lakeland voters approve of establishing municipal schools.

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