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Manchester school board drops $1.56 million suit against county

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

By Josh Peterson, editor& John Coffelt, staff writer In a brief meeting Monday that preceeded a work session to discuss the upcoming joint meeting with the city Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the Manchester Board of Education approved a motion to drop the $1.56 million lawsuit against Coffee County. Board member Mike Lewis, an initial proponent of the suit, said that catching the balance between what’s owed to and what

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  • Manchester school board tables proposal for cuts; meeting set for Thursday

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Westwood Elementary School teacher Deidra Goins pleads for the Manchester Board or Mayor and Aldermen and the Manchester Board of Education to work together during a special-called school board meeting Monday to discuss school transfer. The meeting was moved from the school's new central office building to the City Hall boardroom due to such a large turnout of city school teachers and staff. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Board of Education member Travis Hillis approached the City of Manchester finance committee Thursday to propose a deal that he hopes will prevent a possible school transfer referendum vote. Hillis proposed steep financial cuts, a 30 percent cut in the director’s salary and eliminating some positions, but the full school board on Monday tabled the matter after its attorney Clifton Miller recommended such action.

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  • Manchester School Board members present deep cuts to budget, personnel to Manchester finance committee

    Posted on January 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Manchester City Schools

    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Board of Education member Travis Hillis approached the City of Manchester finance committee Thursday to propose a deal that he hopes will prevent a possible school transfer referendum vote. “We’ve had our issues, but it’s time we work together,” Hillis told the committee. “We need a city school system.” The proposal, which comes after the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen held an informational

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  • Many questions settled about schools at meeting; transfer could take place by next school year if approved

    Posted on January 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, right, speaks to those in attendance at Westwood Middle School Monday night. A two-hour meeting was held to discuss potentially dissolving the Manchester City School system and transferring the students, schools and teachers to the county system. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Many questions pertaining to abolishing the Manchester City School system and having the system’s students, teachers and buildings absorbed into the Coffee County School system were answered at a Monday night meeting at Westwood Middle School. And, perhaps surprisingly, there was not much outspoken opposition to a potential move during the nearly two-hour discussion session that featured Chattanooga-based attorney Scott Bennett and Manchester city attorney Gerald

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  • 3 THINGS: to look for at Monday’s school consolidation meeting

    Posted on January 12, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Manchester City Schools

    Many are waiting with bated breath for Monday night’s (5:30 p.m., Jan. 12) informational meeting at Westwood Middle School that has been scheduled to discuss a possible consolidation of the Manchester City and Coffee County School systems. Officials expect hundreds of citizens and school employees from both systems to attend the meeting with questions lined up for Chattanooga-based attorney Scott Bennett, who the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen views

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  • Meeting set to consider consolidation of Manchester, Coffee County schools

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Manchester City Schools

    A meeting of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman (BOMA) set for 5:30 p.m. Monday to focus on the logistics and requirements of a school-system merger is expected to draw a crowd in the hundreds and will be held at Westwood Middle School’s Joel Vinson Gymnasium. The meeting will focus on the potential merger  of the Manchester City School system with the Coffee County School System. In attendance to

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  • Manchester schools to make lawsuit settment offers

    Posted on December 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Manchester City Schools

    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved motions during a special-called meeting Monday offering settlement proposals concerning lawsuit actions against Coffee County and the City of Manchester. The first proposal specifies that the system would suspend its $1.56 million lawsuit against the Coffee County government, the county in turn would pay the system $500,000 over a 10 year period, beginning in 2018, in $50,000

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