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Outrage over plan to invest millions in suburban schools

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Grossman could not believe her eyes when she scoured the new school budget. Grossman could not believe her eyes when she scoured the new school budget.
Parents are outraged over a plan to invest $20 million dollars into Shelby County suburban schools that plan to leave the district. Parents are outraged over a plan to invest $20 million dollars into Shelby County suburban schools that plan to leave the district.
The budget includes $10 million to fix up Millington Central High's Vo-Tech and gym. The budget includes $10 million to fix up Millington Central High's Vo-Tech and gym.
The budget includes $9.1 million to replace the Germantown High auditorium and alarm system. The budget includes $9.1 million to replace the Germantown High auditorium and alarm system.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Parents are outraged over a plan to invest $20 million dollars into Shelby County suburban schools that plan to leave the district.

"Don't start something you can't finish, and spend $20 million dollars you don't have," said concerned Shelby County Schools parent Audrey Grossman.

Grossman could not believe her eyes when she scoured the new school budget.

The budget includes $10 million to fix up Millington Central High's Vo-Tech and gym, and $9.1 million to replace the Germantown High auditorium and alarm system.

"Why should the county system spend $20 million on improvements to schools that are almost certainly not going to be in the county system?" said Grossman.

The improvements would not be done until March 2015.

"Not only does it raise the question of spending $20 million that could come close to closing the budget gap, but logistically speaking, they're going to enter into contracts and then in the middle of the project, it's going to switch to another school system?" said Grossman.

Grossman's idea is to let those systems have those buildings, and let them spend their money on improvements they think are needed.

Millington is school board Commissioner David Reaves' district.

"I'm all for giving the buildings away for free, and I believe that if we get into putting money into these buildings, it makes it more difficult," said Reaves.

He said the investment might support the argument to make the suburbs pay for buildings when they start their own schools in 2014. According to Reaves, the only way they should consider funding the improvements is for safety.

"That's a different discussion and I think that's something we need to consider in terms of making it happen, but if there's not [a danger], I think it may provide an obstacle for us when we're looking to give the building to Millington," said Reaves.

School Board leaders will meet this afternoon at the Teaching and Learning Academy at 2485 Union Avenue to hash out budget concerns during a question and answer session.

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