The process of building municipal school systems in Shelby County started Tuesday evening after registered voters in six communities decided in a special referendum to start separate school districts, separate from the newly merged unified school district.
Votes were cast in Germantown, Collierville, Arlington, Lakeland, Bartlett and Millington.
According to unofficial results from the Shelby County Election Commission, over 90 percent of Tuesday's vote in four of the six suburban municipalities approved of creating their own separate municipal school districts.
In Arlington, 1,935 votes were cast in favor of creation of their school district (93.7%). Only 130 voted no (6.3%).
In Bartlett, 7,033 voters approved to start a school district (91.4%) while 644 voted no (8.6%).
In Collierville, 8,060 votes were cast in creation of their school district (94.1%), while 505 voted no (5.9%).
In Germantown, 7,500 voters approved to start a school district (93.2%) while 545 voted no (6.8%).
In Lakeland, 1,582 votes were cast in creation of their school district (87.1%), while 234 voted no (12.9%).
In Millington, 923 voters approved to start a school district (73.8%) while 328 voted no (26.2%).
This was the second time in less than a year the six communities approved referendums on forming municipal school districts.
Tuesday's referendum cost taxpayers $50,000 for Germantown, Collierville, and Bartlett, and $25,000 for Millington, Lakeland, and Arlington. According to unofficial results, 29,558 people voted in the municipal referendum. The cost of the election was $225,000 or an average of $7.61 per voter.
Commissioners with the Shelby County Election Commission are expected to certify the results on Wednesday, July 31.
Community leaders in the six towns said they are aiming to start their school districts in time for the 2014-15 school year.