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City schools lack budget to make repairs

Principal Keith Sanders keeps his eyes on the kids and classes at Riverview Middle School, but he also has to keep an eye on the schools aging infrastructure.

"You're gonna have problems and there are things that over time will have to be replaced," Sanders said, "but I wouldn't trade this building for the world."

Sanders says the boilers date back to 1967 and haven't been dependable for years, often breaking when needed most.

"We always want to make sure we have situations that are conducive to learning," he said. "We want to make sure our students are comfortable."

Riverview is one of 187 schools identified by the district in need of repairs.

Tom Marshall's firm did the study, and is trying to make as many repairs as possible with limited funds.

"If we took the very worst schools in the city of Memphis we'd run out of money after ten schools," Marshall said. "That would only positively affect 7,000 students."

$163 million is needed for repairs, but the district only has around $50 million for things like new ceilings at Colonial Middle, drainage improvements at Kingsbury High, and new kitchen equipment at the Pyramid Academy. Repairs will be made according to their importance to student safety and to learning.

At Riverview Middle, Principal Sanders hopes that means new boilers.

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