UPDATE: Germantown's Board of Aldermen tonight approved on first reading an ordinance that will be the first step in holding elections for the city's municipal school board.
The ordinance will need three readings and approvals before aldermen can petition the Shelby County Election Commission to schedule a date for the election, which likely would be November 7.
The second reading will be next Monday. The third and final reading is expected to be in two weeks.
Tonight Germantown City leaders will meet to hear a first reading of an ordinance that will give Germantown voters a chance to elect five school board members to guide the Germantown Municipal School System.
It was the first day of school with all the sights and sounds that go along with kids and teachers getting back into the routine of teaching and learning. That routine has been much the same at Germantown High School for decades.
This year this all changes because of the schools consolidation and it will change again when Germantown, along with the other five municipalities, form their own systems.
Ken Hoover says he will be joining the race for a position on the Germantown School Board once the election is held in November and he says he sees no problem with the Germantown Board of Mayor and Alderman passing the ordinance to hold that election.
Hoover said he's gotten to know the other board members who ran successfully last November; all 5 including him are planning on running again and if that's the board they end up with he knows they can do great things in Germantown.
Two significant issues will need to be addressed by the new Germantown Board; one is where the boundaries will be. The city has already addressed this issue, saying they will remain the same.
Hoover says the suburbs have great confidence in the law that says the buildings follow the children. There are circumstances that still remain a question mark as to exactly what that means. It's his hope that the Unified School Board and the Suburban School Boards can reach an agreement that is in the best interest of all the children. Hoover adds, he really hopes that eventually everyone can agree. "It's time to get out of the court room and into the class room"
There will be two more readings of the vote ordinance before it will be voted on. Then the Shelby Co. Election Commission will set an election day which is expected to be November 7th.