After All The Work; Suburbs Turn Out for Election Watch Parties

After All The Work; Suburbs Turn Out for Election Watch Parties

After more work than anyone in support of a municipal school system ever thought they were signing up for, the school districts appeared to be a lot closer to a reality Tuesday night after a second vote on the issue since August.
BARTLETT, TN (localmemphis.com) -- After more work than anyone in support of a municipal school system ever thought they were signing up for, the school districts appeared to be a lot closer to a reality Tuesday night after a second vote on the issue since August.

Voters in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington all approved their own school systems in separate votes Tuesday night.

In Bartlett, members of Better Bartlett Schools met at Andy B's Bowling to watch the results come in. Organizers say this was a chance to soak it all in after working towards this outcome since 2011.

"We have heard some others say they think this could be the biggest special election in Shelby County history," said Mick Wright with Better Bartlett Schools.

It was a similar scene in Germantown, where supports of a new school system gathered at Garibaldi's Pizza. There wasn't any suspense here either, as voters overwhelmingly approved starting a new school system.

Audrey Grossman showed up with her husband and children. She said as she watched Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge, she grew worried the new Unified School System would just be too big.

She said by Germantown having its own school system, it was much more manageable.

"I think it is critical to the future of Germantown, I got my babies here, they are going to be in the Germantown Public Schools for the next decades plus, and I think having local control of our schools is what its all about for us," she said.

Tuesday's vote came after a federal judge threw out the results of last August's vote, calling the law that paved the way for that election unconstitutional.

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