Taking Germantown schools name feels like last straw, some say

Taking Germantown schools name feels like last straw, some say

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Some residents say the proposal would take away something personally meaningful from students, staff, and families of students. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Some residents say the proposal would take away something personally meaningful from students, staff, and families of students. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC) - Parents sounded off over the school name change proposal between City of Germantown and Shelby County Schools. Emotions flared as the community voiced their disdain to Germantown's board of aldermen.

The board's proposal for Shelby County Schools to change the names of Germantown Elementary, Middle, and High schools in exchange for permitting county schools to use Germantown's parks for high school athletics has struck a nerve.

Some residents say the proposal would take away something personally meaningful from students, staff, and families of students.

Germantown-named schools will be in the Shelby County Schools system next year not the municipal district.

"It's our home, Germantown is, so by changing the name of our school it's kind of changing a part of that whole experience for us," student Elizabeth LaBoe said. "Everybody's just gotta stop fighting we've gotta work together, that's the only way we're ever gonna find peace."

Her mother, Jean LaBoe, says this all seems to be a childish game.

"I asked the aldermen and mayor to please take the high road, please work with them," Jean said.

Laboe says it's time Germantown city leaders realize the success of those three schools is as important as the schools in the Germantown school district.

"Just feels like the last straw to take the name of the schools," said Jean.

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