Board Advances Plans for New High School in Cordova

During its February business meeting, the Shelby County School Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of land for a new high school in the Cordova area. 

The District seeks to purchase 35.79 acres of land between Herbert Road and Raleigh LaGrange Road from Crews Investment Holdings LLC for $3.579 million. Construction should begin in mid-2024 with a target completion date of Fall 2026. This school will be the District’s first new high school in over a decade. 

A state law passed last year required the transfer of four MSCS school buildings: Germantown High, Middle, and Elementary to the city of Germantown and Lucy Elementary to Millington. 

In an effort led by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, the MSCS Board, Shelby County Commission, City of Germantown, and Germantown Municipal School District approved an agreement to transfer the “3G” schools in exchange for a new, state-of-the-art $100 million high school and up to nine years of transition time. 

MSCS and Millington Municipal Schools reached an agreement, allowing Millington Municipal Schools to purchase the Lucy Elementary building for $3.3 million. Funds negotiated in the sale will enhance the facilities where Lucy students and staff will transition in 2027. 

With the pending land purchase, the District continues its commitment to ensuring a high-quality education for all. Soon, a 10-year infrastructure plan will be announced, and the working group leading these conversations will include county and city officials, community leaders, parents, students, and staff. The group will review building utilization, facilities conditions, athletics needs, enrollment, residential projections, deferred maintenance, new schools, classrooms, and program opportunities districtwide.

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