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Germantown prepared to move forward with school district

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Germantown leaders are prepared to rent space in this building for school district offices Germantown leaders are prepared to rent space in this building for school district offices
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Germantown leaders approved tens of thousands of dollars for the new school district.

The problem: A federal judge has not yet ruled if the school district is even constitutional.

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy says the city is working against the clock so that they are ready to hit the ground running when the ruling comes.

Mayor Goldsworthy has all her ducks in a row to turn suites at Carrefour Shopping Center into Germantown School Board headquarters.

"We don't have a square inch of city government space to lend to this so we have to go out and find it," said Mayor Goldsworthy.

Aldermen gave Goldsworthy the green light to spend $1,200 per month to rent three suites and $150,000 for office equipment.

"I have not executed any of those because we are awaiting the judge's decision," she said.

If a federal judge rules municipal schools unconstitutional, Goldsworthy can simply pull the plug.

But if the judge rules in suburban favor, Germantown will put up roughly $1.2 million dollars for 37 school board employees, from the superintendent to clerks.

"If the judge's is favorable to us, we can proceed very quickly," said the mayor.

Goldsworthy is also authorized to spend $24,900 for a superintendent search.

The other suburbs do not have this cost because they have government space. It is still unclear when the judge will announce his decision.

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