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Board adds money to budget as back-up plan for new school

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The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a $100,000 increase in the budget for the next fiscal year as a back-up plan for a new school.

Germantown recently offered to buy Germantown Elementary and Germantown Middle schools from Shelby County Schools for $5 million.

However, if the purchase does not go through, the city will need a new K-5 or K-8 school south of Poplar by 2020.

“Our mayor continues conversations with Shelby County Schools,” said City Administrator Patrick Lawton. “At some point that conversation will come to an end.”

Lawton said if the purchase does not occur that the city will need to move forward with early design and concept work for the school.

“We need to know what the cost of the school is going to be,” he said. “Assuming we have that information by February or March we could be in a position to size the bond issue. Doing the design work would take at least a year.”