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School board members in Millington are asking the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to “show them the money."

School board members say the Millington Municipal Schools’ banking account has a balance of zero because city leaders have not given the school district the money it was promised. City leaders say they’re not withholding any money, they just haven’t approved a transfer of funds.

In the meantime, others are left wondering if the power of the school’s pocketbook has been left in the wrong hands.

"All we're really looking for is for Millington to move forward," said Chris Denson, a proud parent of six and a proud supporter of Millington Municipal Schools.
 
But Millington school board members say there's a major speed bump in getting ready for their first ever school year. Currently, the city is controlling the school district's finances and, according to board members, has not given the district any money to manage.

Monday night the Millington Board of Aldermen pushed back a vote on depositing around $800,000 in tax money that was set aside for the school into the district's banking account, money  school board members say is vital in getting approved for a bridge loan necessary to survive until the district starts receiving money from the state.  

"Nothing has been withheld at this point," said Chris Dorsey, Millington City Manager.

FOX13 News caught up with Dorsey, fresh out of a meeting with Millington Municipal School's Superintendent Dr. David Roper Tuesday afternoon. Dorsey said the district should have no problems with approval on the loan.

"Regardless of the $800,000 there will be money for the bridge loan," Dorsey said. "We were just meeting on that to make sure we had our numbers and assumptions and things correct and regardless of what happens, the money will be there for that bridge loan."

Still, school district board members and parents like Denson don't understand why the city is hanging on to control of the tax money that is to be allotted for the school district.

"The government shouldn't be running the school, right?," Denson said. "We've got a school board for that and Dr. Roper is capable hands and he's ready to take the school to the next level."

Sources told FOX13 News Tuesday evening Dorsey will recommend the transfer of funds from the city to the school district on July 1. The first day of school for students in Millington is set for Aug. 4.


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