In separate board meetings, both the cities of Bartlett and Lakeland decided to join Arlington, Collierville and Germantown in hiring Southern Educational Strategies for a feasibility study on the possibility of creating its own private school system this week.
Both the City of Bartlett and Lakeland's Mayor and Board of Aldermen agenda included hiring Southern Educational Strategies, LLC for direction on forming a municipal school district separate from the new countywide unified school board.
Southern Educational Strategies is headed by former Tipton County schools superintendent Tim Fite and Jim Mitchell, who is the former superintendent for Shelby County Schools.
Bartlett's contract is for up to $72,000 -- the same amount as Germantown and Collierville, while the fee in the proposed Lakeland contract is $36,000.
According Lakeland City Manager, Bob Whe