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Bartlett rally supports new school system

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BARTLETT, Tenn. (FOX13) -

An election on municipal schools in Shelby County is less than one month away and with time running out to garner support, some residents in Bartlett are making it their mission  to encourage others to get out and vote.

This is an assignment supporters of a new Bartlett school system are taking very seriously and they're hoping their neighbors don't take this opportunity for granted.

It's not a likely place for a pep rally, but a room inside Bethel Church on Stage Road in was packed full of enthusiastic supporters of a new Bartlett school system.

"You're already motivated. You've already rallied. Go out and rally someone else and go to the polls and vote yes for Bartlett Schools," said Rev. Kenneth Whalum, Jr., Shelby County Schools board member.

The setting, a comfortable place for Rev. Whalum, who was one of many keynote speakers at the event put together by the group known as Better Bartlett Schools.

The crowd was encouraged to recruit voters for the July 16 vote on municipal schools in Shelby County, an opportunity school board member David Reaves says is too good to pass up.

"It's about quality education," Reaves said. "It's not about separation. It's about differentiation. It's about having a high quality system and being able to invest in your kids and I think that's what the community wants."

Bartlett resident Erin Berry, a mother of two elementary school-aged boys, told FOX13 News she hopes her neighbors realize the importance of next month's vote and don't assume it will pass on its own.

"Unless that vote passes, we can't do it," she said. "So, it's important everybody knows. We have to vote again on this and to get out and do it."   

In addition to Bartlett, five other Shelby County communities will vote on the creation of municipal school districts July 16 - Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, Lakeland and Millington.

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