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Judge could decide on municipal school referendum this week

(WMC-TV) - A new date is set for a decision on suburban schools.

As suburban cities prepare for an August 2 election to create their own school districts, Federal Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays tries to "decide this thing as promptly as possible."

Thursday morning's hearing on the municipal school referendum will take place in Federal Court. The date and time were set Monday evening following an hour long status conference with nearly two dozen attorneys.

Shelby County Commissioners filed a complaint just two weeks ago to try to stop the municipal school district referendum vote.

Lakeland, Collierville, Germantown and Bartlett filed a joint motion to intervene in the legal case.

"As you all know, a lot of this has to do with our ability to vote, to have self-determination," said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.

During Monday's hearing, Judge Mays stated that allowing the election carries a burden. But later, during those same proceedings he seemingly countered by saying that stopping an election is a weighty thing to do.

As for part of the commission's claim that municipal school districts would be segregated, Judge Mays said he could not rule on that argument without a much longer hearing, which could take weeks.

Action News 5's cameras will not be allowed into Thursday's hearing but a reporter will be there to bring you the latest on the judge's decision.

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