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Parents raise concerns during proposed rezoning meeting

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Parents of students that could have to change schools, pleaded their case before Shelby County School leaders in a meeting. Parents of students that could have to change schools, pleaded their case before Shelby County School leaders in a meeting.
"We purchased our home because of where we were told we could go to school," said parent Debbie Bounds. "We purchased our home because of where we were told we could go to school," said parent Debbie Bounds.

(WMC-TV) - Parents living in unincorporated Shelby County learned Thursday night what schools their children could attend after six new municipal school districts form next year.

"We purchased our home because of where we were told we could go to school," said parent Debbie Bounds.

Parents of students that could have to change schools, pleaded their case before Shelby County School leaders in a meeting.

Many current students live just outside the municipal school districts' corporate limits. The SCS District has to find a new place for those students to go next year.

Proposed changes only apply to students living in the unincorporated parts of the county that go to schools in the new municipal districts.

Riverdale Elementary students would move to either Cordova or Germantown Elementary. Bailey's Station Elementary would be rezoned to Highland Oaks Elementary. Tara Oaks Elementary would be rezoned to Macon Hall Elementary and Collierville Middle School to Mt. Pigsah Middle School. The students would graduate from Germantown High School.

"The children are just not being considered in this decision," said Bounds.

Many parents were concerned about longer bus routes and distances from school.

School board members will take feedback before they are expected to vote on the proposed changes later this month.

"As parents, we're at the mercy of the municipalities whether they're going to let our children come in there," said board member Billy Orgel.

Each municipal school district would have to decide if it wants to accept students that live outside corporate limits in the county.

More rezoning meetings will take place next week. Meetings will be held on March 6 at Cordova High School and March 10 and 11 at Kate Bond Middle School.

To see specific proposed rezoning maps for each school, click here: http://www.scsk12.org/uf/news/viewrelease.php?id=238

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