MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has cautioned Shelby County's suburban cities about being hasty in forming their own schools.
The Commercial Appeal reported that, during an appearance in Memphis on Wednesday, Haslam noted the small cities might not realize how expensive it is to operate a school system.
The cities have scheduled referendums for Aug. 2 at which voters will decide whether to form municipal schools.
Haslam signed a bill that year that allows the cities to hold the elections.
The governor said he wanted a transition team working to merge the Memphis and Shelby County school systems to be farther along before local voters made those decisions.