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Germantown school board votes to support comprise settlement with SCS

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Board members Ken Hoover and Mark Dely wanted a delay citing a need for more than the negotiated five school buildings. Board members Ken Hoover and Mark Dely wanted a delay citing a need for more than the negotiated five school buildings.

(WMC-TV) - The Germantown Municipal School Board voted to support a settlement with Shelby County Schools.

The compromise has sailed past every other government entity involved in ongoing litigation over schools, but it almost hit a snag Monday.

The Germantown Municipal School Board may have dealt with its first item of contention in front of a standing-room-only crowd when it voted 3 to 2 to support a settlement compromise with Shelby County Schools.

"We want local control, we want accountability, and voting 'no' gives us neither of those," said Germantown School Board Chairperson Lisa Parker. 

Board members Ken Hoover and Mark Dely wanted a delay citing a need for more than the negotiated five school buildings.

"If the Germantown municipal school district opens with five schools, there are nearly 1,000 children in the unified district that will be displaced, relocated, have to change schools," said Hoover. 

With the school building issue out of the way the school board moves onto interviewing superintendent candidates later this week.

Also, the Shelby County Commission approved Germantown's settlement agreement Monday.

This comes a few days after the Shelby County School Board's approval.

According to the agreement, Germantown will pay the Shelby County School District $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.

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