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Collierville has five backup plans for municipal schools

(WMC-TV) - The fate of municipal schools in the suburbs of Shelby County has many parents calling for answers. Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner has five different plans in place as changes abound.

Up in the air: Which students will go to which schools in the six suburban municipalities.

Ask any suburban parent and he or she will tell you the future of municipal schools seems murky.

"I try to stay on top of what my kids are involved in and that's all I can keep up with," laughed Michelle Glass. "I really can't keep up with the details because it keeps changing so much."

That is why Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner is planning for anything that may come his way.

Plan A is a joint deal with Germantown.

"A cooperative education agreement where those children who live in Collierville will be able to continue to Houston High School," explained Mayor Joyner.

Collierville High School has a buffer. It can hold 2,200 students. Right now, they only have 1,950.

Joyner is considering temporary space and then potentially adding a permanent fixture there.

"Adding more portable buildings at the Collierville High School campus," he said.

There is also an option of adding a whole new building.

"Possibly building a new school in Collierville," Joyner added.

Option four:

"Possibly in our middle schools having a 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade because we have two middle schools," he explained.

And there is always the old middle school that incoming 9th graders can call home.

"Simply doing a one-grade academy at that historic site," Joyner suggested. "It needs fixing up, obviously."

The mayor said the community already planned to use the building, so the added expense will not be excessive.

"There will be additional expenses, but there'll also be additional revenue because the money follows that child," he said.

Municipal Schools are supposed to begin in 2014. Local leaders have less than a year to iron out the kinks.

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