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Memphis board takes back decision to delay school

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis City School Board unanimously voted to reverse a delay Tuesday, sending students back to school on August 8.

One week ago, the board vowed to get $55 million in hand before opening school doors.  Tuesday, the board agreed to the city's promise of $12 million with monthly payments to bring the total to $68 million by June.

"It's not 55, but by a date, certain it will be 55," said Memphis City School Board member Kenneth Whalum.

There are multiple conditions to the funding deal.  First, the city council must approve MCS's budget August 2, and the city must get $12 million in hand by August 5.

"I think people perceive it is now in the city council's hands, and in the administration's hands," said Memphis City School Board chairman Martavius Jones.  "We've done our part to say school will open as schedules.  I'm trusting the city council and administration will hold their end of the bargain."

Whalum said he is less confident.

"What is clear to me is that it won't start August 8 if the money is not in the bank August 5," he said.

The city's offer is $10 million less than the school board originally wanted for the year, based on reduced enrollment figures.

Superintendent Kriner Cash said that the district will not have to cut any programs because of the $10 million gap.

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