Bill would allow suburbs to begin planning for school districts

(WMC-TV) - The Tennessee Senate could pass a bill Monday that would give Shelby County suburbs the green light to proceed with a vote to create their own school districts.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman told the Commercial Appeal a special meeting will be held Monday night for a first time reading on an ordinance to get a school referendum on the August ballot.

The paper reports that the Tennessee State Senate is expected to vote Monday on the bill allowing Memphis suburbs to hold referendums this year to create their own school districts.

As it stands now, planning cannot begin until August 2013, after the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools merger.

The House passed the bill Friday and it is expected to pass the Senate.

Besides Arlington, mayors in Collierville, Germantown, and Bartlett all told the Commercial Appeal they want to get the ball rolling quickly so the people can vote on creating their own school districts.

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