Satsuma, Ala. schools formally ask independence

SATSUMA, Ala. (AP) -- Satsuma's school board president has delivered a letter to Mobile County Superintendent Roy Nichols seeking separation from the county school system.
Satsuma voters approved a property tax increase to fund a city school system.
Linda Robbins, Satsuma's school board president, says Nichols was "cordial" when he received the letter from her this week, and said he would talk to county school board members about Satsuma's wishes.
Robbins says negotiations will involve such issues as the number of buses and teachers that Satsuma needs and which school properties will be part of the new system. She says Satsuma's board hopes to have the new system operational by 2012.
Nichols says he remains concerned whether Satsuma and nearby Chickasaw, which also is splitting, will be able to provide adequate schools.

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