There are lots of numbers floating around in the whole schools reformation discussion we’ve been chronicling.
And attendance numbers in particular for a school system as well as a particular school can be tricky. There are different ways of counting for different funding.
Which brings us to the question of who attends the schools in the suburban municipalities.
Where those students live figures quite prominently in the ongoing and still very preliminary discussions about who gets or who keeps the school buildings in what is now the Shelby County Schools system.
Ken Hoover, who will be serving on the Germantown School Board by virtue of running unopposed in the set of suburban school elections in November, provides us with some Germantown schools number a bit different from the ones we have for our weekly cover story “After The Vote.”
His numbers are from an SCS report on students place of residence and the schools they attend.
By that count, there are three Germantown schools where Germantown residents are less than half the student population. They are Germantown Middle School, Germantown High School and Houston High School. Germantown Elementary is majority Germantown with 418 of the 749 students there Germantown residents.
The premise in our story for some kind of arrangement still holds.
There could also be arrangements among the suburban school boards after an agreement with the countywide board by one of them – two levels of contracts.
The Houston High School student population numbers show most of Houston’s students – 754 – live in Colliervile. Another 678 live in Germantown and 334 live in unincorporated Shelby County.
We can’t emphasize enough how tentative this all is for those of you just wading into this very complex topic. It would be discussions between the countywide school board and the municipal school district boards that would determine whether something can be worked out. And the fate of both the municipal school systems as well as the boards to be elected in November hang on a ruling in the federal court lawsuit challenging the state law that created both.