(WMC-TV) – A clearer picture is being drawn of what will happen if Shelby County Schools continues to operate three schools inside Germantown city limits, which will soon be outside of its jurisdiction.
If SCS decides to run schools in Germantown, it means that some students will not have access to the newly formed municipal schools next year.
Gina Cici has one child at each school in question: Germantown Elementary School, Germantown Middle School, and Germantown High School.
She, along with other Germantown parents, are surprised that Shelby County Schools can dictate who can go to schools outside the district.
But county school records show 65 percent of the students currently at the three schools live outside Germantown.
Now, one question is top of mind for many parents.
"Will we get a choice as to which of the schools they go to?" wondered Cici.
As of Tuesday night, all students living in Germantown are welcome in both the Shelby County and municipal school districts next year.
But those living in unincorporated or reserve areas of Shelby County will go to Germantown Elementary, Middle or High Schools.
"The kids are going to lose a lot of the friends they grew up with," said Cici.
School board member David Pickler says the decision for county schools to keep the operating three schools could collapse Germantown's municipal schools model.
"The calculations, all the math that was done, that were their preparations for trying to form their municipal districts, those numbers are out the window," explained Pickler.
Pickler says people from all over the county will have access to the three schools and the following five remaining Germantown schools would have to be rezoned:
Pickler says the loss of three schools to the county undermines the legal status of Germantown schools.
"The people of Germantown will pursue all reasonable means, whether it be legislative, whether it be legal," he said.
"It'll work itself out, as long as the kids are getting a good education," said Cici.
The discussions are far from over. With so many moving parts, anything could change.
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