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Pickler: Lots of change going forward with municipal schools

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Unified School board member David Pickler says there will be a lot of change going forward. Unified School board member David Pickler says there will be a lot of change going forward.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Voters overwhelmingly approved municipals school districts in Shelby County Tuesday. Both the unified school district and the suburban municipalities have major issues to tackle in the next year.

Unified School board member David Pickler says there will be a lot of change going forward.

"You've got six districts to get started, and they have got a big job ahead of them," he said. "We're going to have to take up the big issue on the buildings for these municipal districts. We have make sure we understand what the financial situation is going to be."

Many observers expect the next big fight will be over the school buildings in the suburbs.

Opinions vary on if the buildings will transfer or how much it will cost. It could be a fight that lands in court, but Pickler sees the buildings following the students at no cost.

"The buildings are going to transfer at no additional cost to the taxpayer to those suburban districts. There's plenty of precedents out there in terms of how we work with the charter schools and also how we've done transfers in the past," he said.

In addition to the school buildings, finances will be a challenge on both sides with dollars following the student

"We're going to be looking at the possibility of losing 30,000 plus children," said Pickler.

But this week's vote does not change anything for the next school year, but during the next 12 months Pickler is hopeful both sides have a healthy relationship.

"We've got to work together for the betterment of all the children for Memphis and Shelby County, and we need to try and move beyond the acrimony," he said. "The votes have now been counted, and we need to move toward a new reality yet again in Shelby County."

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