Shelby County Schools Prep for Own Districts

Shelby County Schools Prep for Own Districts

The suburbs are still dealing with lawsuits that came about before the system unified.
BARTLETT, TN-- The suburbs are still dealing with lawsuits that came about before the system unified. Meanwhile, the unified district is still ironing out problems. Then next year there will be another challenge: starting municipal schools from the ground up.

"This whole things changes everyday. Everyday there's a court opinion," said the President of the Better Bartlett Schools Mick Wright. "Judge Mays has asked both parties the county commission and the municipalities to turn in all their views on should this case continue and give their take on the ongoing challenges, if there's a constitutional challenge so all that is due on Friday."

The grassroots group, Better Bartlett Schools, has been advocating municipal school districts since 2011.  The time has finally come.

"Tonight voters will get a chance to meet for the first time, since the referendum, this will be their first chance to meet the school board members," said Wright.

"I think this is going to be nothing but very positive endeavor for us," said Patrick Casey with the Greater Bartlett Council Neighborhood Association. "It's going to be so good for the community just to have our municipal schools right here and the kids can stay right here."

After countless lawsuits, firing teachers, dealing with the merger mess the majority of folks in Shelby county have been waiting a long time for local control of their schools.
    
"This is what we fought for," said Wright. "We voted overwhelmingly last year with 80 percent in Bartlett. This year in July we voted 91 percent that wanted their Bartlett schools."

All municipalities expect to have school board elections in November. You can meet some of the Bartlett candidates tonight, August 20 at the Bartlett Station Municipal Center on Stage Road. The meeting starts at 7pm.
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