Thursday is the last day for early voting for the Municipal Schools Special Referendum ballot. Suburban voters were casting their vote for or against their municipality forming its own school district. From Millington to Arlington to Bartlett and Germantown and Collierville, the turnout has been big.
With only one question on the ballot, voters moved briskly to decide which municipalities will form their own school system. The voters that spoke with Fox13 made it very clear that breaking away from the newly unified Shelby County school system was the way to go.
This is the second time that the municipalities have voted on this issue. A year ago, all six suburbs voted yes for creating separate school districts. However, Millington voted down a tax increase to pay for the new system.
The Shelby County Commission promptly filed a lawsuit declaring the new schools unconstitutional. In November of last year, Judge Hardy Mayes sided with the Commission making the first vote on municipal schools null and void.
However, earlier this year, lawmakers in Nashville passed a law making the suburban school districts legal and paving the way for a second round of voting.
The final vote on municipal schools will take place July 16.