(Memphis) All six municipal school boards are taking office Monday night, and their first item of business is a pretty big one.
Most of the suburban boards of education are set vote on the school lawsuit settlements with Shelby County Schools.
Each of the towns that has a deal will pay a set amount to the Shelby County School system to cover the costs of teacher pensions and other retirement costs.
Monday the Shelby County Commission approved Collierville, Bartlett and Millington’s agreements leaving the final approval in the hands of those suburbs Monday.
Things are moving much more slowly for Germantown because they can’t settle the lawsuit yet because it must settle the issue of three school buildings.
Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy she seems to be hopeful even though the city may not get everything it wants, “Certainly it would have been nice to bring that to our board tonight as some of the other communities are doing but we’re not quite there.”
While the other five suburbs get to keep all the school buildings within city limits SCS says Germantown can’t have Germantown Elementary, Middle and High.
That’s because most of the students who go there live in the county not Germantown.
Goldsworthy says the city wants to keep those schools and all the students who go to school there, “In the end negotiations usually end up being some type of compromise or agreement that causes both sides to be satisfied that this is a workable solution.”
The Shelby County School board has reservations because board members claim at the beginning of the planning for the district Germantown said it didn’t want student who didn’t live in the city or they may have to pay tuition.
Despite the differing opinions Goldsworthy says Germantown is in active talks with the board to work out a resolution, “Until the negotiations are no longer available to us I’m not going to think about the alternatives,” said Goldsworthy.
Goldsworthy claims she expects a resolution sooner rather than later.