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SUPERINTENDENTS WEEK: Jason Manuel discusses new school year at Germantown Municipal Schools

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(WMC) – Jason Manuel, superintendent of Germantown Municipal Schools, discusses the new school year during WMC Action News 5 Superintendents Week.

Manuel discusses the differences that parents and students will see this year compared to last year.

"One is a greater partnership with the City of Germantown. They've expanded the REACH program which is a before and after-school program for students. And students will not only study after school but they'll get to take courses like karate or tennis or golf. So there's an enrichment program with it too. So that's one of the things we're excited about," Manuel explained. "We've increased the technology in the school. All of our teachers got new laptops this year. They were in desperate need of those. It's been five years since they had an update."

Manuel explained that Germantown Municipal Schools is interested in changing the start times, but the district did not have enough information to implement that change for this year.

"Currently right now we have three start times in Germantown schools. We have 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 schools. The 7:00 schools are Houston Middle and Houston High school. The 8:00 schools are Riverdale and Farmington. And then we have one 9:00 school, Dogwood. And so next year we're looking to push the high school and middle school times a little later and get everyone closer to a 2-bell schedule. Maybe push Dogwood up closer so they're not so late," Manuel said.

The name 'Germantown' is on some schools that Shelby County Schools will operate. Manuel gave WMC Action News 5's Andrew Douglas the latest information on this issue.

"I think that was really a conversation between the City of Germantown and Shelby County Schools. They were looking to work out a deal to lease fields that are currently the city's property for use of the names. One of the last things we wanted to do is to cause upheaval," Manuel explained. "There are a lot of people who still chose to go to Germantown High School, Germantown Middle and Germantown Elementary and that name means something to them. I'm a graduate of Germantown High School, so it means something to me. So that's hard. Not only are they not going to be part of Germantown Municipal Schools but that name's going to be taken from them. But on the flip side of it too … it's a recognition. There's still confusion in this state when you talk about Germantown Municipal Schools and the City of Germantown and they say wait, Germantown's not part of Germantown Municipal Schools? So it caused some confusion. So I see both sides of the issue."

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