2 suburbs seek more money to pay for schools fight

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County municipalities of Bartlett and Collierville are seeking more money to pay for their legal fight to secure their own public school systems

The Commercial Appeal reports that the two suburbs have already exceeded the $100,000 their respective governing boards had authorized to pay attorneys.

On Monday, Collierville aldermen approved adding another $100,000 for attorneys' costs. Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald's administration will ask that city's board for $250,000 more on Tuesday night.

Bartlett and Collierville, along with the Shelby County municipalities of Arlington, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington, are defending themselves against a lawsuit brought by the County Commission challenging the legality of an Aug. 2 vote that approved the creation of public school systems for all six suburbs.

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