Parents Doubtful Merged Schools will be Ready

Parents Doubtful Merged Schools will be Ready

The Unified School Board takes a licking and the clock keeps on ticking. The merger of Memphis City and Shelby County Schools officially takes effect July 1st, less than a month away, and many parents think it's going to be a disaster.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Unified School Board takes a licking and the clock keeps on ticking. The merger of Memphis City and Shelby County Schools officially takes effect July 1st, less than a month away, and many parents think it's going to be a disaster.

Classes begin in August. Bartlett parents will send their children to the Unified Schools for at least one year. For some, that's one year too many.

"We used to live in the city, but we moved to Bartlett because we liked the schools better," said parent Heather Wilson. Now she's worried they won't be ready. "It seems like they're not sure what they're doing to do."

"I mean fingers crossed, you want everything to work out for what's best for the children, because that's the main goal, so I would hope they would have everything prepared but, being optimistic, it doesn't look like things are working out in their favor," added Bartlett parent Candy Harris.

There are alternatives to the merged system, like private or home schooling.

Some feel things are going to be just fine come merger day. Others are so concerned that they're willing to spend a lot of money to make sure their child gets the best education possible.

"I know when my child turns five years old we'll probably go private," said parent J.J. Salgado, who has no faith in the merged system. "I mean it just seems like the kid's interest is not the first thing and teachers are kind of hamstrung."

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