Judge Ruling May Send More Familes to Mississippi

(Memphis) Federal Judge Hardy Mays put a stop to Memphis suburbs forming their own school districts, at least for now, but people say there are still many ways to get their own school districts.

But some are predicting, despite a tough housing market and Mississippi’s income tax, families might pick-up and move anyway across state lines.

Some realtors say since the judge’s ruling, they’ve already received an increase in phone calls from people who live in Shelby County but want to move their families to DeSoto County.

“We are seeing an increase in call volume,” said Realtor Bob Leigh.

North Mississippi Realtor Bob Leigh says he expects the calls to continue.

That’s because he says De Soto county already offers perks to homeowners, like lower property taxes than Tennessee, plenty of job opportunities and, what Leigh calls, an excellent school system.

“It’s just a good place to raise a family,” he said.

Since a judge last night blocked Shelby County from creating municipal school districts, Leigh predicts many who don’t want their children in the Unified School District will choose to move to either Olive Branch, Hernando or Southaven.

“So how are realtors feeling about this?’ asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.

“They like it,” smiled Leigh.

The De Soto County School District may like it too.

It’s built 16 new schools in the last 8 years, expecting new growth and more students.

The district has grown by about 500 students this year and that number could be a lot larger in the next when Shelby county and Memphis schools are merged.

Leigh believes the boom could be bigger if the economy weren’t so bad.

Still, he’s expecting good sales in the next few years, “I think 2013, and on into 2014 and 2015, we are just going to see a slow, steady growth.”

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