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Germantown parents to choose between municipal, optional schools

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Many parents in Germantown have questions and concerns about next school year since three namesake schools are staying in the Shelby County School district. Many parents in Germantown have questions and concerns about next school year since three namesake schools are staying in the Shelby County School district.

(WMC-TV) - Many Germantown parents are deciding where their student will go when Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools become optional Shelby County Schools.

It is the difference between choosing the new municipal school district or the optional schools.

Many parents in Germatown have questions and concerns about next school year since three namesake schools are staying in the SCS district.

"Yeah, we like the teachers, and we like the system," said Germantown parent Sergio Hernandez.

Hernandez plans to keep his kids at Germantown Middle despite it will not be part of the new municipal school district.

"They gave us a choice to change, but we want to stay," he said.

Shelby County Schools held open houses this week to answer questions. They say most, if not all, current students who qualify will automatically be accepted into the optional program.

"Parents always have options [for] what is the best for their child," said Germantown Municipal School board chairperson Lisa Parker.

Parker knows the new district has a lot of educating to do as well.

"I think one challenge is just the time frame to get the information out," said Parker.

Town hall meetings are helping parents make that decision.

"This will be the exact same school, teachers want to stay. If the same families want to stay they will have the same programs they always had with a little more," said the optional schools program director, Linda Sklar.

Since the three schools are optional schools, a limited number of students outside the zone can apply to transfer.

Germantown parent Alyson Edwards acknowledges it has been a confusing couple of months for the district, but she hopes parents do not move their children because of it.

"I firmly believe if you have a strong administration and teachers then as parents and students you don't know about it," said Edwards.

The other part of this is the Germantown Municipal District. Parents say they want to make up their mind, but they are still waiting on zoning and school information from the municipal schools.

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