(WMC-TV) - A Shelby County school board member lost his fight for a new roof at Lakeland Elementary. David Reaves says ongoing tension over municipal districts may be to blame.
The school board approved a capital improvement plan Tuesday night that includes a new school in Whitehaven, but Lakeland Elementary will go without a new roof for now.
David Reaves says problems are clearly visible inside the school. He cited water leaks and even mold during Tuesday night's board meeting before requesting $300,000 in fixes be added to the district's capital improvement plan, which a majority of the board voted against.
"There are other schools that we probably, that may have just as dire a need or even more," said board member Teresa Jones.
In fact, district officials estimate that up to 40 schools are in need of major roof repairs alone. Reaves believes Lakeland Elementary's location in a municipal school district made a difference.
"I think most people looked at it and said, 'We've already signed over the buildings to them. We're not going to give them a new roof,' " he said.
Board chairman Kevin Woods said the decision was not the result of "us" versus "them," but rather one based on building needs.
"It should not be politics as usual or 'we're looking out for what's in my community or what's in my district,' " he said.
Hopson said he would have had no problem with Lakeland's addition.
The district's proposed capital improvement plan will be presented to the Shelby County Commission, along with the main operating budget as soon as it is approved.
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