SHELBY COUNTY, TN- (WMC-TV) - The Shelby County municipal schools battle will turn to the issue of school buildings this week. A school board committee will discuss who owns the current buildings in the county's six suburbs.
School merger supporters say if the suburbs do not want to join the Shelby County school system, they should have to buy the school buildings.
Suburban leaders argue that would be a break from tradition.
With plans forging ahead to create six new Shelby County school systems, an ongoing debate could soon get a full public airing: will those six suburbs have to buy the school buildings within their borders?
"We'll probably have some litigation in that regard," said Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald.
County commissioners, who are still fighting in court to stop the new schools, say they will have to pay to play.