The suburbs are going after former Shelby County Superintendent John Aitken.
Collierville, Germantown, Arlington and Lakeland have confirmed they plan to hire Aitken as a consultant for their potential municipal school systems.
Aitken served as county superintendent until March when he sought a buyout from the unified school board. He had served in the county system for 30 years, including as superintendent since 2009.
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Collierville and Germantown will be the first to plan on officially hiring Aitken, who was not available for comment Friday.
The six suburbs in Shelby County are pursuing municipal schools aimed at opening in a year. Residents of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington will vote in a July 16 referendum on whether to establish municipal schools separate from the unified system.
If the measure passes, as expected, the cities plan to elect school boards in November.
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