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Whalum unhappy with board's decision

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City School board member Kenneth Whalum was not happy Friday, one day after Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash proposed a budget that cuts some 341 jobs, most being custodial staff.

"This is a very responsible budget," Cash said at Thursday night's meeting. "It is an essential budget for the children to have. They can't have less than we have here."

The board passed the budget 7-to-2, and held a new conference afterward.

"The majority of the board felt comfortable moving forward with the budget," board president Tomeka Hart said.

"This is a significant night," Cash added.

Whalum declined to participate because he does not agree.

"I am opposed to any job cuts that do not also include every area at MCS," he said. "People understand that we are in the midst of a fiscal emergency. But you shouldn't balance any budget on the backs of those who can least afford it."

Whalum said 30 central office employees make more than $100,000 per year, and another 30 make just under $100,000 per year.  Whalum said the cuts do not reflect the need.
another 30 make just under 100-grand year...

"The budget we passed does not spread the pain equitably," he said. "There are departments at central office who were not even touched by the job cuts and that's just not fair."

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