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Get to Know Unified School Board Chair Billy Orgel

March 21, 2012

My next two shows – March 23 and April 27 – will feature  an in-depth interview I recorded this week with Billy Orgel, chair of the 23-member Shelby County Unified School Board. In his first-ever radio interview (you’d never know it was his first – he’s a natural), Billy  spoke openly about the board’s challenges, including what qualities they are seeking in a post-merger Superintendent of  Schools. He also addressed funding issues and polarization in our community.

Thanks to my lifelong friend Ken Welch – local computer consultant, former news producer and Memphis news junkie – I had in hand the preliminary results of a new public opinion survey about the school consolidation issue. Research firm Yacoubian recently polled over 500 residents of the suburban cities of Germantown, Collierville, Millington, Bartlett and Arlington (the towns hoping to create separate municipal school districts to avoid consolidation). We touched on some of the survey findings in our interview. (Selected survey findings will be posted here on Back in River City later this week.)

Listen in at 3:00 p.m. this Friday, March 27, on Bott Radio Network AM 640. We’ll also post the interview here at Back in River City early next week.  Get to know Billy Orgel, and  why this successful businessman, father of three and devoted Memphis native sought such a difficult, politically-charged (some would say thankless) position. If you live anywhere in Shelby County, you owe it to yourself to know more about the people who are making decisions that will shape the economic future of Greater Memphis.

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