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Commissioners agree it is time to 'move on' from school lawsuits

Two majority votes adopted resolutions to approve a settlement and withdraw their lawsuits attempting to block Arlington and Lakeland from forming their own school districts. Two majority votes adopted resolutions to approve a settlement and withdraw their lawsuits attempting to block Arlington and Lakeland from forming their own school districts.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County school board voted to drop their lawsuit against municipal school districts in Arlington and Lakeland earlier this week. The county commission followed suit Friday. It was a bitter pill for some county commissioners, but all agree that it is time to move on.

The majority of Shelby County commissioners were ready to put a three year legal battle over municipal school districts to rest. Two majority votes adopted resolutions to approve a settlement and withdraw their lawsuits attempting to block Arlington and Lakeland from forming their own school districts.

"It's past time to have settled this and to have moved on. We are spending way to much money. It's absolutely worth settling because it had very little chance of winning. We would sent millions and millions more in dollars," said commissioner Hedia Shafer.

Brooks cast the only "no" votes of the day.

Brooks says one of the biggest concerns among her constituents is protecting children from re-segregation in newly formed suburban school districts. A constitutional safeguard was left out of the negotiations, which is something that would take another lawsuit to defend.

Brooks abstained from the Lakeland vote and voted no on Arlington.

But the deals and agreements are not over. There are four remaining schools lawsuits involving municipalities, click here to read more. The county commission will discuss and possibly vote on those at another special called meeting December 2.

Mayor Terry Jones says Millington reached a tentative agreement to resolve the legal dispute over whether it should form its own municipal school district as of Thursday.

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