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Germantown votes to rescind tuition hike

(WMC – TV) – It is spring break this week for several Mid-South school districts, but before the Germantown School board left, three out of five members hurriedly met to make a big chance to district policy.

The process of creating municipal schools in Shelby County has already been full of back and forth, now, residents of Germantown are finding out a vote taken earlier in the week has already been rescinded.

Germantown city administration said that during initial conversations, it was understood there would be no fees for non-resident students. This was apparently new information to board members, who just Monday voted to charge those students $200.

Superintendent Jason Manuel says he has reason to believe the fee could prevent the judge from signing off.

"I don't want that judge to think twice about signing that document. I want him to know we are opening our schools for all of our students," said Manuel.

Present for the last minute emergency Germantown School Board meeting were three out of five board members, Manuel and legal council along with a handful of residents.

As for why the vote had to be taken in such a hurry with only a couple of hours notice, several of the board members are out of town as of Saturday morning and there was concern Judge Mayes would make a decision before the board's next meeting on March 20.

"The thought that we would lose the opportunity to have these schools was heartbreaking and it scared me to death," said Mindy Fischer, President of the Germantown Middle Parent Teacher Association.

In a vote of 3 – 0, the board, without two members present, voted to rescind Monday's vote.

Germantown was the first suburb to vote on a charge for students.  Collierville opted out early in March to do without the tuition charge.

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