Germantown kicks off new school district

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. - Hundreds of families celebrated the start of a new school district in Germantown.

"It's a little bit of a transition for her to have to change schools, but we just felt it might be a better move for us to go with the Germantown Municipal School District," Kristin Dickerson said.

Dickerson got fed up with dealing with problem after problem with Shelby County.

"We had big hiccups last year at the start of the Shelby County School District," Dickerson explained.

Dickerson is trying something new and so are the other parents who came to celebrate the launch of the new school district.

"For us it means the chance to focus on issues that are strictly Germantown's issues," Superintendent Jason Manuel said.

Manuel claimed dealing with the smaller school system will give them a chance to focus more attention on the students.

However, he admitted putting together a school system in six months is not easy.

"Setting up a payroll system, setting up a transportation system. All of those things had to be done in a short period of time," Manuel said.

Some things still have not been taken care of, including signing contracts with Durham Services to make sure kids can get between home and school.

"She will rely on the bus.  So the bus thing is a concern," Dickerson said.

Saturday was about the the celebration and parents having trust that the new district will get everything together come day one of the first day of school.


  • Kristin Dickerson

    What a misrepresentation of what I said! I never said anything about being “fed up” with Shelby County Schools. I said my daughter had a great experience at Germantown Elementary with wonderful teachers. The “hiccups” mentioned were in response to your question if I was concerned about bussing, to which I said there were issues at the beginning of the year last year with SCS. Are you so desperate to drum up a scandal that you have to twist a parent’s words to your own purpose? Unfair, Channel 3. Blatantly unfair.

  • Phil

    This is HOW it’s taught at Journalism school. Twist and bend the story to suit your narrative and your personal reporting bias. News programming today is just a step behind TMZ and The National Enquirer. The truth takes a back seat to ratings and ad revenue. Want even more examples of News programming bull? Watch your local TV weather. Beautiful, sunny day, and the same predicted for tomorrow. How do you turn this TRUTH into a weather segment that last 10 minutes plus commercial slots? Is it any wonder people are NOT watching?

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