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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The six municipal school districts were expecting millions in extra funding from the Shelby County Commission but it turns out they're likely entitled to nothing.

In Shelby County, when one system gets money for building facilities, the other system gets money too. The dollars allotted is proportional to student attendance, and this is the way its always been.

Until now.

When Shelby County Schools moved forward with its plan to build a new Westhaven Elementary, the assumption by the suburbs was, if Shelby County Schools gets money, then the municipal schools will get money as well.

SCS wants about $10 million to build Westhaven and that should mean about $3 or $4 million for the suburban school districts. But County Commissioner Steve Mulroy said that is not the case.

When schools were merged, there was a three-year hold put on the proportional funding deal. That means for the first time in Shelby County history, one system would get money, and the other would not.

And it will be the suburbs missing out.

"It is a relief," Commissioner Mulroy said. "As part of the whole transition process I think it would be good to give some of these delayed maintenance capital needs taken care of."

All requests after this year, money would be split. The suburbs would only be denied for the Westhaven request.

Commissioner Chris Thomas is seeking a formal opinion from county attorney Marcy Ingram on this.

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