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Germantown officials propose name change for schools

Wednesday night Shelby County School leaders are shocked by a proposal to rename Germantown elementary, middle and high schools. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Wednesday night Shelby County School leaders are shocked by a proposal to rename Germantown elementary, middle and high schools. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Wednesday night Shelby County School leaders are shocked by a proposal to rename Germantown elementary, middle, and high schools, but they stop short of calling it blackmail.

Germantown city officials make the suggestion in a proposed agreement which would allow Shelby County Schools to use public parks, in exchange for the name change.

Though not on the agenda of Wednesday's meeting, the proposed agreement by City of Germantown generated some buzz.

"In terms of it being important, you know, we're probably more concerned about confusion," said Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.

The request is to re-name the Germantown schools in exchange for allowing Shelby County Schools to use a baseball field and other park facilities owned by the City of Germantown, which will have its own municipal district next year not including the city's three namesake schools.

"It's somewhat disappointing because we've been talking about use of the fields for several months, and we all agreed we'd get this resolved and it wouldn't be a big deal," said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson.

According to the proposed agreement, the city "desires a change in the names ... As to not create the likelihood of confusion with the public schools operated by the Germantown Board of Education."

"I think if everyone is true to their stated belief that they want to do what's best for kids, that we'll be able to work through this," added Hopson.

Shelby County Schools board member David Reaves believes it could backfire.

"Actually, I think it's a ridiculous request," said Reaves. "I think if Germantown played their cards right, maybe sometime in the future they could get all three of these buildings back."

Any actual school renaming would come only after community meetings and multiple board votes.

The board approved a resolution Wednesday night, calling on Germantown to free up funding for the community television program at the high school.

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