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New unified district a work in progress

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Orange cones typically indicate construction zones. 

As the sign is changed outside the new central office for the unified school district in Shelby County, many will tell you the new district is very much a work in progress.

"In the suburbs, we lost 450 school based personnel: counselors, assistant principals, classroom teachers.  That kind of reduction in school-based personnel is going to be felt and we're very concerned about that," Ken Hoover of My Germantown Schools said.

The concerns over cuts and what will happen with the school merger---are nothing new.

"They're trying to make the best of the situation that they can until things happen down the road," Jason Sykes of Better Bartlett Schools said.

Parents like Jason Sykes with Better Bartlett Schools are hoping the unified district is temporary and holding out *hope for municipal schools.

"We want to provide the best education possible for the kids in our community," Sykes said.

The special election for municipal schools is set for July 16th in Bartlett, Germantown, Millington, Collierville, Arlington, and Lakeland.  

Ken Hoover, who is part of a group in Germantown campaigning for muni-schools-- is confident the referendum will pass, just like it did in August of 20-12 when voters decided on the *same issue.

"I haven't talked to anyone *not solidly in favor of creating our own school district," Hoover said

While confident, Hoover and Sykes have concerns about voter turnout.

"It's not a done deal.  We need you to show up to vote and let your voice be heard," Sykes said.

"The big issue at this point is people saying- didn't I already vote on that?" Hoover said.

Which is why they consider their project...a work in progress, as well. 

And instead of orange cones, you're more likely to see prove it.


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