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SCS votes to keep 3 Germantown schools

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Monday evening the Shelby County Schools Board of Education voted to start negotiations with the suburbs on the schools within their borders for the municipal districts, but Germantown elementary, middle and high schools were not included.

Dozens of Germantown parents came out to a packed school board meeting in the hopes that the school board would reverse course on which buildings it plans to keep control of.

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Superintendent Dorsey Hopson told the board the district needs Germantown elementary, middle and high schools because the majority of students in those schools combined are kids who live in unincorporated Shelby County and Memphis Reserve area.

Legally the board says it has to plan to educate those students.

Despite the appeal from the parents and several attempts from board member David Pickler of Germantown to add the schools to the negotiations.

But a resolution passed, and those three schools were not included.

"It was done behind closed doors and it's going back to when MCS (Memphis City Schools) surrendered the charter," said Delanie Rott, Germantown High parent. "It was a hostile takeover."

"I think it's premature to talk about any alternatives," added Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.

The passing of the resolution means Superintendent Hopson and the school district attorney will begin negotiations with the suburbs. The terms are a 40-year lease. The suburbs would take over maintenance. The cost of the lease is to be determined, something the suburban mayors are open to, as a starting point, but they have their own demands.

"Let's get this lawsuit settled and behind us," said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald. "If that's not part of it, we've got Nashville. They start back in January and we've already talking to those legislators."

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