Germantown citizens gathered Saturday afternoon at the Horse Show Grounds for a rally in support of the municipal school referendum. Parents, elected officials and school board candidates all spoke to the crowd on the first day of early voting in Germantown.
Rally organizer Audrey Grossman, a Farmington parent, was pleased with the turnout.
“It was exciting to see all segments of Germantown represented here today,” she said. “There were parents, students, empty nesters, all coming together in support of municipal schools.”
Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy opened the rally.
“Our Board of Mayor and Aldermen have repeatedly voted unanimously to proceed with offering schools,” she said, “the most important amenity of a community. Today we are taking the next step.”
Aldermen Mike Palazzolo, Greg Marcom and Forrest Owens were also in attendance.
“Just two days after we celebrate our nation’s independence, we can voice our independence by voting on having a municipal school district. This is a historic vote and naturally the next step for the City of Germantown,” Palazzolo said.
After the rally, participants marched east on Poplar Pike to New Bethel Church where everyone cast their ballot.
“Germantown has a long standing tradition of supporting its schools. Today Germantown citizens had the chance to show their continued commitment to education,” said Ken Hoover.
Early voting ends on July 11 at New Bethel Church. Germantown citizens can vote at their assigned precinct on July 16. There will be a watch party beginning at 7 p.m. on July 16 at Garibaldi’s Pizza.