Municipal Schools Lawsuit Dismissed

(Shelby County) The lawsuit aimed at stopping the suburbs from creating their own districts was dismissed Monday by U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays.

The judge said he reviewed the terms of the agreements between Shelby County and the six municipalities and found them acceptable, which means the long legal battle surrounding public education in Shelby County is over.

Agreements regarding the use of buildings and other matters between Shelby County and the suburbs were reached several months ago, and the dismissal makes it official.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald spoke with us by phone and said, “It’s been a long time coming. I never had any involvement with the federal court before, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m so thankful that it’s over.”

He added that if there was a good place to dance in the streets of Washington, D.C., that’s what he’d be doing right now.

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent in legal fees for the case.

The suburbs starting their own school districts are Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Millington.

On Friday, the Germantown school board voted to reverse its decision about instituting a tuition, which the board had passed Monday.

The fee would have been $200 for non-Germantown residents, affecting mostly Collierville students who now attend Houston Middle and High schools.

Collierville’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night not to charge non-resident students to attend their schools.

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