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School board approves budget, 350 jobs eliminated

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - After a heated discussion on Thursday night, the Memphis City School board voted to approve an $875 million budget.

The budget includes the elimination of an estimated 350 jobs, all non-instructional positions.

"I have to make tough decisions," said schools supt. Dr. Kriner Cash.

The budget approval comes after a judge ruled the City of Memphis does not have to pay the school system $57 million dollars for the current school year. In order for that to change, an appellate court must hear the case.

"The judge made it clear we can't pass a legal budget unless it included city funding...to the state," said school board attorney Dorsey Hopson.

The school board is still considering the closure of River City High School and delaying expansion at Middle College High School.

"We don't know what the court will do...we just don't know," said school board member Dr. Kenneth Whalum. 

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