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Superintendents discuss slashed budgets

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Principals at two of the Mid-South's major school systems said Wednesday they are making huge cuts to balance their budgets.

The Memphis City and Shelby County superintendents showed a sliced and diced budget to Shelby County Commissioners.

MCS Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said his system would cut 240 jobs.

"One hundred positions were administrative positions in non-instructional departments," he said.

Cash presented an operating budget that was $58 million less than last year, saying if the school funding issue is not resolved, thinks don't look good.

"Do I have a proposition for the board in case I have to have eighty-four million to one hundred million fewer dollars?  Absolutely. And it's brutal. It's brutal and no parent and no students should accept a budget like that," he said.
    
Cash said he's had to make tough decisions to drive down the budget, including health insurance and transportation cuts.

He's even considering restructuring low enrollment schools.

Incoming County Superintendent John Aitkin told Commissioners no pay raises would be offered at county schools either.

"Not offering the cost of living pay raise, which is hard.  But I think everybody is mindful of the economy," he said.

Aitkin presented an operating budget that matched last year's amount.

"Has no additional funding," he said.

Aitkin added out-of-state travel is frozen.

"There are going to be some out-of-state travel if it requires certification and training and things that we have to de," he said. "But if we can keep everybody in-house, it's just something that we did."

Memphis City Schools cannot present a legal budget until the court battle over who funds the system is resolved.

The Shelby County Commission has until June to vote on the budgets.

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