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SCS parents worry high school will become 'dumping ground'

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Parents in unincorporated areas are urged to contact municipal districts as soon as possible if their children are interested in attending those schools next year. Parents in unincorporated areas are urged to contact municipal districts as soon as possible if their children are interested in attending those schools next year.
In many cases, Bolton High will be the back-up school for the county. In many cases, Bolton High will be the back-up school for the county.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Community meetings continue this week despite the fact that it is spring break, and the large auditorium at Kate Bond Middle School made the crowd look even smaller.

"I realize that rescheduling during spring break was not anyone's first choice," said Lee-Ann Kight, Shelby County Schools Regional Superintendent.

Winter weather canceled meetings last week, and district leaders wanted input before the final rezoning process begins.

Triciena Green's daughter, Ashley, is spending her spring break on a college-bound tour. Green came to the Monday night meeting to find out about the immediate future.

"You know, you're kind of hanging out there not knowing where your child is going to school next year," said Green.

Like thousands of other students, Ashley Green lives in unincorporated Shelby County and is facing possible displacement when municipal districts start classes.

"They're not required to accommodate students that live in unincorporated areas, but they have said in some instances they will," added Shelby County Schools Planner Denise Sharpe.

In many cases, Bolton High will be the back-up school for the county.

"It appears to be that Bolton is a dumping ground for kids you don't have room for at other schools," noted one parent in attendance.

Though SCS board member David Reaves is confident Bolton will not burst at the seams come next school year, change is of particular concern for students finishing up their high school careers.

"At this point, we really don't have any options in north and east Shelby County, or in southeast Shelby County either; we're just tapped out," said Reaves.

Parents in unincorporated areas are urged to contact municipal districts as soon as possible if their children are interested in attending those schools next year.

Another rezoning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at Kate Bond Middle for unincorporated families who attend Bartlett Elementary, Bartlett High, or Shadowlawn Elementary schools.

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