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Shelby Co. School Board hears from frustrated Millington High parents

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  Parents of Millington High School students, frustrated about what they call terrible conditions at the school, took their case to the Shelby County School Board Thursday.

"You've done a great job getting our attention," School Board President David Pickler said to the group. "Now you need to do a great job getting the attention of the County Commission."

Photos provided by the group revealed a flooded science lab, peeling paint in the library and moldy and cracking walls.

"There's a Navy base there that has wonderful families moving in and out, but they don't seem to want to stay in Millington, and I think a big reason is starting with the high school," School Board member Teresa Price said.

Thursday, Richard Holden, Shelby County School's Chief of Operations, recommended increasing the funding for the renovations from the original $1.25 million to $5 million.  Shelby County School Board members seemed glad to fork over the extra dollars.

"I know this project seems to keep growing and growing and growing, but Shelby County Schools, I want to be proud of every school we have," Price said.

"The money's there, we just have to go hunt for it," Board member Diane George added. "There's federal money, state money."

Terry Roland, one of the many Millington residents who turned out to Thursday's meeting, said they are prepared to fight for their high school.

"If it takes going to the Governor's office, camping out at the state capitol, County Commission, we're going to find the funds and get the children of Millington what they need," Roland said.

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