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Along with cuts, MCS is hiring

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Among local employers making staff cuts this year is Memphis City Schools.  But in spite of those cuts, the school system is also hiring.

Next year's Memphis City Schools budget slashes 350 jobs.

But, as the Shelby County Commission considers whether or not to approve the district's $875 million budget, and the Memphis City Council battles in court with the district over who should fund city schools, the school system has posted a list of job openings.

Openings include a database assistant, administrative support, and a technology security manager.  There are also several teacher openings in World Languages, Pre-K, Library Media, Math Chemistry and Physics, as well as openings for vocational teachers, with starting salaries ranging between $38,000 and $47,000 per year.

With so many positions on the line amid the district's money woes, we asked school administrators why they're still hiring.

An MCS spokesperson said all the positions are vacant, and the that the superintendent made a pledge not to touch the classroom. With the revolving door of retirement, relocation, or teachers even realizing they're in the wrong profession, the district is always hiring teachers.

With other positions, like HVAC maintenance, the district says these job require extensive experience, and certification, and that technical positions are critical to the operation of the entire district.

The Shelby County Commission and the Memphis City Council have yet to approve the MCS budget.

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