New data reveals what MCS stands to lose without $68M - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New data reveals what MCS stands to lose without $68M

The budget battle between Memphis City Schools and the City Council will come to a head this coming Tuesday when the council votes whether or not to approve the school system's 68 million dollar budget request. The budget battle between Memphis City Schools and the City Council will come to a head this coming Tuesday when the council votes whether or not to approve the school system's 68 million dollar budget request.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis' 2011-2012 school year is hanging in the balance - under a clash over cash.

The budget battle between Memphis City Schools and the City Council will come to a head this coming Tuesday when the council votes whether or not to approve the school system's 68 million dollar budget request.

"I think it's ridiculous," exclaimed MCS parent Petrece Edwards.  First of all, the kids already don't have enough funding for everybody to have books," she added.

The school system says classes cannot start without 68 million dollars from the city.

And now, a report released by MCS this week reveals 28 school operations could be in peril without the money.

"I hope it doesn't come to that point because we do need those programs there.  So I'll stay prayerful over that," said Berna Burrow.

Keep in mind that MCS released the data before they learned of an enrollment drop that may reduce their request from 78 million to 68 million dollars.     

Under the 78 million dollar scenario, more than one thousand employees would lose their jobs, and most schools would lose one resource officer.

School Safety Initiative and In-School Suspension workers would be laid off.

The employee health insurance co-pay would double.

And the Textbook Adoption program would be delayed.

Early Childhood Development, Adolescent Parenting and the CLUE intellectually gifted program would face cuts.

Parents like Chelsey Godwin are appalled by all the cuts that could follow.

"If the schools are fixing to close down, we have a superintendent.  Why don't we have him take a pay cut?" Godwin questioned.

Other personnel on the chopping block include JROTC, Music, Athletics and the Science Improvement Project.

These cuts mentioned make up only half of the potential budget reductions Memphis City Schools is facing.

To read a full list of the potential cuts, click here.

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