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An unprecedented change has many suburban parents concerned about the upcoming 2014-15 school year.

There are now six different municipal school districts in Shelby County -- Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington -- and each face the task of creating its own system from the ground up.

Many parents like Marsha Stevens and her four-year-old daughter Mia say they aren't sure what it takes to switch a school over. They just want classes to be ready in August.

"It wasn't too much the works, the inner workings of the school system; it was about my child learning," Stevens said.

Lakeland School System Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell said every aspect of creating single districts has been unparalleled.

"Unfortunately there is no manual, but there are a lot of helpful guides," Dr. Horrell said. "We get a tremendous amount of support from the Tennessee Department of Education. So there are a lot of steps and a lot of things to do. So far, fortunately we're keeping our fingers crossed. We haven't had any more hiccups."

Former Shelby County  Schools and now current Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken says the supers are trying to make sure this new year will be seamless.

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"We've tried our best to keep things as consistent as possible," Aitken said. "Keep some of the same practices that we enjoyed at Shelby County Schools for all those years and kind of get operational to start with."

Which includes getting teachers back in the classrooms. Superintendent Aitken said parents should be assured more than 95-percent of the staff will be rehired, including in transportation.

"Hopefully a lot of the same drivers that the kids have had on our routes for ever will be driving those kids again," Aitken added.

"What they're going to find in the municipal systems,they'ree going to come back and see familiar faces that they knew when they left," added Dr. Horrell. "We hope the kids don't know the difference."

Students like Mia.

"I just like math because I heard of it before and it sounds super awesome," Mia said.

The first day of school is Aug. 4.

If parents have any questions, Dr. Horrell and Aitken and the four other municipal schools superintendents say you can call your particular district.
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