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Arlington considers creation of municipal school district

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ARLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Leaders in Arlington say they are considering the town's boldest move in its 110 years of existence: creating a municipal school district.

Thursday, Mayor Russell Wiseman said the town's attorneys are researching the possibility.

According to Wiseman, uncertainty regarding the Memphis City Schools charter, and a desire to not be part of a mega-school system have led to the inquiry.

Currently there are four Shelby County Schools in Arlington, including two element aries, one middle school and one high school. Early estimates predict an Arlington School District would have to provide for between 2,000 and 2,300 students.

Wiseman said the discussion is too preliminary to answer questions about funding and staffing.

Declining an on camera interview, Wiseman sent a press release that says the citizens of his town are justified in their desire for a smaller, immediately responsive system.

"We are concerned that if this consolidation occurs we will not have local input to as to maintain the current level of performance and accountability to which our citizens and school children are accustomed," the statement says.

Wiseman added that Arlington's charter allows it to create a municipal school district.

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