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Shelby County Schools interviewing shared residency families

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Schools will interview every family with students that may not be eligible to attend because of residency requirements.

The switchboards rang off the hook Wednesday as Shelby County Schools deployed a new way of enforcing an old shared residency policy.

"There was no accurate way to accurately verify ... if someone was actually living where they're claiming to," said Shelby County Schools spokesman Mike Tebbe.

All shared residency families must make an appointment with the Office of Student Services.

Under the new procedures, the head of the household must present proof of residency.  The parent or guardian must also present proof of residency at that address.  Both must sign a binding affidavit.

It proven false, the fine is $8,439.

Since June 15, student services has schedules 3,425 appointments.  Of that number, 1,936 have been approved, 578 denied, and the rest represent future appointments or no shows.

Tebbe said change was necessary.

"It's designed to be fair to the people that are actually residing there," said Tebbe.  "We've got people from surrounding states and counties coming into our overcrowded schools.  It's been an ongoing issue."

School starts Monday, and district officials admitted some shared residency students may not be approved in time.

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