CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)- "It would be like Christmas"
District 8's David Testerman says if they get the money they are owed it can be put to use straight away.
"Foundations settling and if we don't do the repairs you are looking at water issues that are coming from cracks in a building, sagging roofs, and those type things"
Rhonda Thurman of District 1 says the 8 to 1 vote in favor of legal action was not an easy choice to make.
"I think everybody pretty much feels the same way I do, I think Jeffrey his only problem was that he hated to take this step, I do too, but sometimes it's the only way to get to a resolution"
Rhonda says the schools and the students need the money and she doesn't care when and how they pay as long as they get it.
She feels the money could be used to modernize classrooms.
"We are really behind the 8 ball on this technology, that is one place I would like to see it, look at laptops for the kids, maybe we are going to have taking our tests on computers"
Representatives from the Mayor's office and the City were unavailable for comment today.