Bartlett and Germantown to Vote on Starting School Districts

Bartlett and Germantown to Vote on Starting School Districts

An ordinance on referendums to establish municipal schools for two Shelby county suburbs has been approved.
BARTLETT, TN (abc24.com) - An ordinance on referendums to establish municipal schools for two Shelby county suburbs has been approved.

"It's not a surprise, I think it will be a unanimous vote of all suburbs," said Ken Hoover, an advocate of municipal schools.

An ordinance on referendums to establish municipal schools for Germantown and Bartlett has now been approved. Citizens will be able to vote again as they did last year on whether to create their own municipal school district.

Bartlett mother of three, Lisa Mowery, says she plans to vote for schools to remain under Bartlett. "Just stability. Bartlett has a good reputation as far as the schools, the safety, and care for the children," she said.

The general assembly passed a new law that allows other districts across the state to create their own school systems. The Mayor of Bartlett says he wants the best for kids in the Bartlett school district.

"My area of responsibility of the children are in Bartlett, Tennessee. That doesn't mean that I don't want great education in Memphis. I want wonderful things in Memphis because anyone of us having something to fail hurts all of us, and certainly Memphis most of all," said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.

Last year a judge ruled that the law that was passed in 2012 was unconstitutional because it did not apply statewide. At that time, over 80% of Bartlett citizens voted for Bartlett schools. Mick Wright with the group Better Bartlett Schools says he's thankful to be able to vote again this year.

"It's a relief. We still have to get the job done. We still have to go through the referendum process. So we'll have to get out there and make sure people vote and know about this referendum, but this gives us that last final step."

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