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SCS board approves settlement agreement with Germantown

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The Shelby County Schools District board unanimously voted to approve a settlement agreement Tuesday with Germantown. The Shelby County Schools District board unanimously voted to approve a settlement agreement Tuesday with Germantown.
Parents will have the option of keeping their students at their current school. Parents will have the option of keeping their students at their current school.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Schools District board unanimously voted to approve a settlement agreement Tuesday with Germantown.

Germantown's Board of Aldermen also voted unanimously to approve an agreement between Germantown and SCS Monday.

According to the agreement, Germantown will pay SCS $355,453 per year for the next 12 years. SCS will keep Germantown Elementary, Middle, and High schools, while the suburb will keep five other buildings.

Although, the deal did not pass Tuesday without consternation from board members.

"I'm not against any municipalities, but I want to make it clear as a board member for the unified district my every vote, my every thought is what's best for the children that remain in this district," said Shelby County School Board member Teresa Jones.

Commissioner David Pickler said he was disappointed to find out Germantown moved for the five buildings rather than the six they had requested.

"Because I know that it creates a real concern at the elementary level concerning capacity," he said.

The board attorney said there is a lot of work to be done.

"This is going to be the most momentous task that this school district has ever engaged in. That includes the combination of these two school systems," said school board attorney Valeria Speakman.

Superintendent Hopson said the remaining three Germantown schools will become optional schools in the new school year. He said parents will have the option of keeping their students at their current school.

The next phase of the settlement is to work out the kinks.

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