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Board member suggests renaming retained Germantown schools

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Parents's opinions remain mixed. Some think the Germantown name should only be connected to schools under local control. Parents's opinions remain mixed. Some think the Germantown name should only be connected to schools under local control.

(WMC-TV) - The newly elected school board in Germantown will join the fight to try and keep three schools within the municipal district, but their names could change if they stay with Shelby County Schools.

School board member Billy Orgel told a crowd he does not want to steal Germantown's identity. So the city's three namesake schools may need new names.

Parents praised the school during dismissal Thursday at Germantown Middle.

"I like the school, I like the teaching here, and I want him to stay here," said parent Kathy Harris.

But Harris said she would consider a change if Shelby County Schools retain control.

Under a preliminary plan approved by the board, Germantown Elementary, Germantown Middle, and Germantown High would all remain part of Shelby County Schools despite the city of Germantown having its own municipal district.

Orgel thinks the school district should respect Germantown's identity.

"I don't think it's about sticking it in somebody's eye. I think it's about the right thing to do," he said.

Parents's opinions remain mixed. Some think the Germantown name should only be connected to schools under local control.

"If Houston High School is the Germantown high school, it should be possibly changed to Germantown. I mean, it would be our Germantown school," said parent Ellen Crenshaw.

Harris said she could care less about what her son's school is called.

'It's not the name I'm concerned about. It's his education," she said.

Orgel insists the idea of changing names remains preliminary as the district is still negotiating with Germantown leaders over control of the three schools.

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