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Shelby Co. Schools cracking down on residency before Monday start

(WMC-TV) - Thousands of students will show up for the first day of classes at Shelby County Schools Monday.

Shelby County Schools are expecting crowded classrooms, so they are taking extra steps to make sure every student can prove residency.

"This year, we've changed the procedure where they have to make an appointment and go down to student services," said Shelby County Schools spokesman Mike Tebbe.

School officials said the focus of the new rules is on shared residency situations, and will require that the homeowner or renter provide a mortgage, lease or other proof.

The individual who claims to share the residence must also provide proof, like a drivers license or check stub with their name and address of the Shelby County home where they tell officials they live.

Tebbe said the district's been advertising the new residency guidelines since early June.

"We've had over 3,400 people call to make an appointment at student services," said Tebbe.  "This far, they've approved for the shared residents just under 2,000.  They've also turned down 578 individuals."

The new rules have some parents, like Darlene Ricks, worried.  Hicks sent an e-mail to Action News 5 claiming that she showed up at student services Friday and was not able to prove residency because there was no one at the office to show her proof.

According to Ricks' e-mail, she waited in line at student services for four hours, only to find out that the staff members who give approval were at an in-service meeting and would not be back until next week.

School officials acknowledged that there was an in-service meeting Friday.  However, they said Ricks should be able to enroll her children on the first day of class, provided she has all of the residency paperwork in order.

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