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Shelby County School Board cracks down on Germantown mayor

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Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy said turning over three schools to the unified school district would jeopardize diversity, stability and parent involvement. Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy said turning over three schools to the unified school district would jeopardize diversity, stability and parent involvement.
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Discussion over the fate of three Germantown schools soon turned into a clash, with flying accusations.

Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy said turning over three schools to the unified school district would jeopardize diversity, stability and parent involvement.

The meeting quickly turned contentious.

Mayor Goldsworthy asked the Shelby County School Board to consider releasing Germantown Elementary, Germantown Middle School, and Germantown High School to the future Germantown municipal school district.

"Our proposal seeks to minimize the disruption of these children and their families," said Goldsworthy.

After offering a Plan B to at least allow Germantown municipal to operate the elementary school, Shelby County School Board member Kevin Woods laid in on Goldsworthy.

"To lay the burden of disruption on me and my colleagues, I think, is a little disingenuous," he said.

He continued, quoting an email Goldsworthy wrote in 2011, "'It is possible that we could admit some non-residents by paying a tuition equal to the city school tax paid per student.' Were those your words?," Woods asked Goldsworthy.

"I have absolutely no recollection of saying anything like that," she responded.

Action News 5's Kontji Anthony obtained a copy of the documents the board members had in their possession.

One email says the unified district would have to figure out where to put 4,200 non-Germantown students who would "likely not want to pay to go to the schools within Germantown's borders."

"Has the idea of tuition ever been discussed between you and anyone else?" Woods asked Goldsworthy. "I don't mind giving you a copy of this."

Goldsworthy did not have a chance to reply.

The board members then asked we about other documentation of Goldsworthy saying in a public forum, "Those kids are not going to be in our Germantown -- the schools in Germantown."

I think your words were, 'We reserve the right to educate the children of our community with our values and we would like to consider charging fees for parks, things of that nature,'" said School Board member Teresa Jones about a past meeting she and Goldsworthy attended.

Goldsworthy said it is in the best interest of all the children for county schools and Germantown municipal to enter into an inter-local agreement.

"Because of the variety of kinds of ways in which public education is going to be delivered in Shelby County and Tennessee, we must be focused on how do we make this work for the kids?" she said.

The meeting ended without a resolution, as this was just a discussion.

There is no current plan for the board to vote on Goldsworthy's proposal.

To read Goldworthy's comments and the email sent in 2011, click here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/goldsworthy.pdf

To read the documents the board was discussing Wednesday, follow this link: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/11-6-schoolremarks.pdf

To read more about the mayor's presentation to the Shelby County School Board, follow this link: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/schoolboardpreso.pdf

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