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MILLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) - Northaven resident Craig Lizana says he either has to find the money to buy his son a car or potentially crush his son's dreams of playing football after high school.

Lizana says it's a tough spot he and other parents are facing because of the rezoning of schools throughout Shelby County, a result of municipal schools forming.

As he looks through the letters from colleges interested in his son's career, Lizana doesn't have time to sit back and enjoy his son's success.

"I'm just kind of stunned because they made all these changes and it's destroying some of the kids' educations."

Lizana's, Craig Jr., will be a senior next school year, and has attended Millington Central High School for the last 3 years.  But with Millington forming its own school district, Lizana's home in Northaven was not included in the new municipal school district. Instead, Lizana's son has been zoned for Bolton High School, putting him into a brand new school and on a brand new football team with what could be his most important season.

"It's going to be real tough. I think he probably won't get any playing time. He'll be feeling like a freshman," says Lizana.

Lizana is worried his son won't have the chance to perform at his best in front of college scouts as he works to find his place on a new team, potentially stripping his opportunity of playing college football.

"I'm ready for him to continue to stay at Millington, to keep his progress going with the football team, his grades, communication with his friends and teachers. If you start at a school, you should finish there."

We mapped the distance from Lizana's home in Northaven to Millington Central High, and it's about 12 miles. Bolton High is more than 20 miles from Lizana's home.

Lizana says, "I still don't understand. Why so far? Bolton is farther than Millington."

Lizana tells FOX13, he has pre-registered his son at Millington Central for next school year, but because he's zone for an SCS, he would have to provide transportation for his son.

That leaves the single, working father of two with just one option to give his son the best chance at his fulfilling his dream.

"Get a couple thousand; go buy a new car for him to drive."

Mr. Lizana says he will do everything in his power to come up with the money to buy his son a car. But, he has also prepared Craig, Jr. for what happens if he does not come up with the money.


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