The Germantown Municipal District has acquired a site for a new elementary school.

Germantown (Tenn.) district presents plan to build elementary school

Oct. 20, 2017
Officials are pursuing new construction after the district was stymied in efforts to buy existing schools in Germantown from the Shelby County district.

The Germantown (Tenn.) Municipal School District has submitted a final site plan for a proposed new elementary school.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that the 38-acre site emerged as the preferred location for a new K-5 facility after the Germantown district could not persuade the Shelby County school system to sell Germantown Elementary, Middle and High schools.

Germantown had been part of the Shelby County system, but residents voted to form their own municipal district in 2013 after public schools in the city of Memphis became part of the county district. 

Shelby County Schools owns and maintains control of the three campuses even though they are inside Germantown city limits. The county system has rebuffed the city's efforts to buy the schools.

The Germantown district paid $3.1 million for the elementary site and closed on the property earlier this month.

The school would have design capacity of 750 students and is projected to have 110,000 square feet.

Plans call for the site to also contain house the Germantown district's administrative offices, a building of about 16,000 square feet, along with playgrounds and parking.

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