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Germantown schools could stay with SCS after municipal schools creation

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Seventy percent of Germantown Middle School students come from unincorporated Shelby county. The numbers are similar on other municipal campuses, too. Seventy percent of Germantown Middle School students come from unincorporated Shelby county. The numbers are similar on other municipal campuses, too.

(WMC-TV) - Some parents are furious after the announcement that some Germantown schools may not break off into a municipal school district and stay with Shelby County Schools.

"I like the diversity. The teachers are caring. And I think the education standard is awesome, said Eric Otiende, who has a daughter at Germantown Elementary.

But he was not pleased with the latest hurdle in the quest for a municipal school district. It is a common feeling across Germantown.

"Germantown is its own municipality, and we should have the right to run our school system the way we see fit, and I think it's important that we do that," said parent Jeff Brown.

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson recommended the board maintain operational control of Germantown Elementary, Middle, and High Schools during a meeting Tuesday night. The decision could affect 1,300 out 4,500 municipal students, according to a disappointed Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.

Seventy percent of Germantown Middle School students come from unincorporated Shelby county. The numbers are similar on other municipal campuses, too.

"That seems to me like a lot of disruption," said Goldsworthy."We are disappointed because we have talked for [...] two years about our hopes and dreams for what we would be able to do as a municipal district

She is hardly the only Mid-South mayor upset with Hopson's recommendations.

"Rather than working toward what's best for the children ... [It] seems like we're still looking to see who's going to get the most bucks out of it," said Millington Mayor Terry Jones.

Jones says he is disappointed that Hopson also suggested the county keep Lucy Elementary, which recently annexed into Millington mainly for its impending municipal district.

"And then to say, well, we let you become part of the city, but then we're not going to let you have our school. I just think that's a slap in the face to citizens out there," said Jones.

Jones says it is not time for concern, yet; all sides from every district are still negotiating.

"The main reason why we decided to and made recommendation to keep those schools is that we have no county capacity in the southeast," said Shelby County Schools Board member David Reaves.

Reaves says otherwise they would have to build new facilities to accommodate students, which is something they cannot afford.

Houston High and Middle Schools, Dogwood Elementary, as well as Farmington Elementary and Riverdale K-8 would be part of Germantown's district.

Parents say they just want everything worked out with as little disruption as possible for their children.

The Shelby County school board is supposed to vote on these recommendations this coming Tuesday.

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