Annexation leaves Cordova residents wondering about schools | News
MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) – Parents in South Cordova are outraged over their surprise annexation into Memphis Sunday and now they're left wondering where their children will go to school.
Parents say they had no notice the annexation would happen midnight Sunday and their heads are spinning.
"Nobody is telling us anything," said Matt Lackey, who found out his home had been annexed by Memphis by watching a news report.
The annexation was approved in 2001, but residents sued to remain in the county.
Lackey said "For sale" signs are now popping up all over the neighborhood, after a judge dismissed the lawsuit in May.
He called the annexation a "money grab."
"It's about the Benjamins," Lackey said.
With his children on summer break, Lackey wants to know whether or not they'll need to change schools in the fall. Many students in the neighborhood go to school in Germantown.
"Will they still be allowed to go to Riverdale or will they go to Cordova Elementary," Lackey asked.
Memphis City Schools officials said school designations will be a joint decision with Shelby County Schools.
After the Fourth of July holiday, they'll schedule a meeting.
MCS representatives said all issues surrounding school designations will be discussed in that meeting, including what happens if Germantown forms its own school district in 2013.
MCS officials also said school assignments will not change this fall. Students will remain at their same school through the 2012-2013 school year.
Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said he'll do all he can to welcome his new constituents.
"We're going to work together with everybody on this," Wharton said.
Action News 5 called Shelby County Schools to find out if the South Cordova residents will still be included in the Germantown's proposed school district plan.
They district did not return those calls.
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