VOL. 126 | NO. 159 | Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Germantown May Hire Schools Consultant
By Bill Dries
Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy is recommending the city hire a consulting firm to research the creation of a municipal school district.
But in a written statement that is her first response to last week’s ruling in the federal court schools consolidation lawsuit, Goldsworthy said the exploration of a Germantown school district is one of several options the suburban city is weighing, including being part of a consolidated Shelby County school system.
“We want to understand every dimension of establishing our own school system, from process to structure to facilities to curriculum and more,” Goldsworthy said. “At the same time as experts provide us due diligence on a municipal district, we will also be tracking closely with the development of the consolidated system. … Unless and until any municipal districts are formed, it is imperative that the perspectives and needs of our student constituencies and taxpayers be an integral part of the system’s design.”
The state law governing the consolidation of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools upheld by U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays allows for the formation of special or municipal school districts favored by suburban opponents of school consolidation. Under terms of the law, those efforts can begin in Aug. 2013 which is the date that Shelby County’s two public school systems are to be consolidated.