Municipal schools took one step forward by electing their board members on Tuesday, but that achievement could be wiped away by one quick court decision. Residents are still waiting on Judge Hardy Mayes' decision about if municipal schools are constitutional or not.
This uncertainty affected the candidates on the campaign trial and how they move forward with their municipal school board.
"I think this is the first time that folks have probably run for a position and they didn't' really know if the position was going to exist," says Germantown School Board Member Natalie Williams, "It definitely made the campaign trail interesting in that raising funds was somewhat challenging because there were a lot of unanswered questions."
Lisa Parker, another Germantown School Board Member, says she ordered less than 100 shirts and signs because she did not know if there would even be a school board to campaign for.
"I didn't want to go solicit funds for a campaign I didn't know was going to be on or off," says Parker.
The members say they are not waiting on if their town will have a school board; they're starting now. Parker says, "We can't just sit and wait. We have to be proactive, we have to get our ducks in a row if we want our system to open up by August of 2013."
Germantown's School Board Members will be sworn in on Dec. 1, followed by training and orientation with the Tennessee School Board Association in Nashville.
Going forward the school board does have one answer: The county-wide sales tax failed, meaning their sales tax increase will go toward their own school system.
"We don't have to burden the Germantown residents with an additional property tax which everybody has been fearing," says Parker.
Williams says the board is already developing ideas and putting motion to their school system, including hiring a Germantown superintendent.
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