Letter from MCS superintendent details massive cuts - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Letter from MCS superintendent details massive cuts

(WMC-TV) - Action News 5 has obtained a letter the Memphis City Schools superintendent sent to employees this week about massive cuts on the horizon.

The letter Memphis Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash released Tuesday paints a disturbing picture of district money woes.  The day before, Cash voiced concerns about federal money coming to MCS.

"A strained and challenged budget," Cash said Monday.

The letter lists massive cuts under review, including:

-"Adjust staffing formulas for secondary schools."

-"Increase single employee health insurance contribution."

-"Eliminate MCS-sponsored dental and vision plans."

-"Eliminate selected programs, contracts, and reform initiatives."

-"Reconfigure instructional support staffing levels."

-"Re-design delivery of core services."

-"Eliminate non-school staff positions."

-"Level administrative positions."

The letter comes as the district and the City of Memphis squabble over $100 million the city withheld from schools since 2008.

"People don't understand the fiscal impact on the city, and on the school system," Cash said last November.

Cash warned this day could come back in early November and then later that month.

"It means we can't balance our budget in 2011-2012 unless we continue to make really deep cuts," he said.

Cash said in the letter he already cut 1,200 jobs and $146 million since his tenure began three years ago. He will hold a public meeting next Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the school board.

To read the letter, click here.

To read the MCS 2011-2012 Initial Budget, click here.

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