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SCS approves deal over suburban school buildings

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The plan would settle ongoing lawsuits and bring an end to the taxpayer-funded, multimillion dollar battle that has lasted for years. The plan would settle ongoing lawsuits and bring an end to the taxpayer-funded, multimillion dollar battle that has lasted for years.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County School District Board of Education approved a deal with two suburbs over the use of five school buildings Tuesday. The plan would also settle ongoing lawsuits and bring an end to the taxpayer-funded, multimillion dollar battle that has lasted for years.

But it is not a done deal until other government bodies approve it, which includes municipal boards of aldermen, school boards, the county commission, and a federal judge.

"A lot of lawyers have looked at these agreements and have had input into these agreements," said SCS Attorney Valerie Speakman.

Under its agreement, the town of Arlington would pay $3.9 million dollars to SCS over a 12-year period for the use of four schools. Lakeland received one school at the cost $676,000 over the same 12-year period.

The proceeds will help county schools offset life insurance and health care costs for retirees.

"I support this agreement because it ends the three years of battles," said SCS Board Member David Reaves.

Officials hope this is a template for other municipalities, with the possible exception of Germantown.

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