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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Parents in Germantown are voicing their concern, frustration, and uncertainty after Shelby County Schools board leaders mapped out a plan to retain control of 19 suburban schools, including Germantown elementary, middle and high school.

In Germantown at least 1,300 students could possibly be forced to move to a different school.

Many frustrated parents said this decision is really about money and not putting children first.

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"I would feel a little upset that if (my son) did have to go to city schools when we moved out to Germantown for him to go to the schools out here," said Katherine Jensen, parent.

This sentiment from one parent, spread across the city of Germantown Wednesday with most parents spewing resounding frustration over Shelby County Schools' desire to retain control of 19 schools, including the elementary, middle and high schools in Germantown.

"My kids, yeah, they've been going to Riverdale since," said Bobby Hayden, parent. "It would be nice for them to finish at least until eighth grade at Riverdale."

During Tuesday evening's SCS board meeting Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the issue is 60-percent of the middle and high school students who attend suburban schools live outside of the municipality limits.

"When people buy in Germantown, they expect their kids to go to a certain school," said Tiffany Degroot, parent.

Parents say schools like Germantown High School are feeder schools from elementary to middle to the high school, most with the expectation of being educated in Germantown not by the countywide school district.

"I moved to a particular area where I am where my kids could go to the school of my choice and to have them pulled out is contrary to the issue of freedom of choice," said Rodney Rastall, parent.

Like Rastall, parents in Germantown do have at least one option. They can keep their children in a suburban school, but if it falls under the schools Shelby County plans to hold onto, their children can stay in their school and be educated but as a county student or be transferred to a school within the suburban limits.

"If you pull a kid out of school, that's disruptive," Rastall said. "I moved around a lot as a kid. I was always the new kid in school. It was never a fun experience, so I would not wish that on any kid."

"It's about money, it's always about money, unfortunately," Hayden added. "The kids are the one's who suffer.

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