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More cuts on the horizon for unified school district

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Superintendent Dorsey Hopson Superintendent Dorsey Hopson
Interim Deputy Superintendent David Stephens Interim Deputy Superintendent David Stephens

(WMC-TV) - More job cuts are expected when Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge August 5.

The schools system's top brass had a meeting with media about staffing. They say the teacher to student ratio will meet in the middle of the current ratios at city and county schools.

That means more cuts are coming.

The unified school district's interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and interim Deputy Superintendent David Stephens revealed new details about surplus workers due to the schools merger.

They say cuts will come from the top to the bottom.

Part of the district's $45 million deficit involves the fact that county school employees must get a pay raise to level out salaries. That will cost $11 million. With that, 168 teachers have been excessed. They were told they will have to reapply for different positions within the school district.

Federal cuts mean the loss of $8 million from Pre-K. That means 49 additional teachers and 49 additional teacher assistants will be excessed. That is a total of 266 teaching positions out of 8,000 teachers. The central office has a higher percentage of jobs on the line: 250 out of 1,000 employees.

The district anticipates 1,000 openings due to moves, retirements, and resignations.

School administrators expect to interview up to 1,800 applicants through June 30.

Employees will be rehired based on performance.

More cuts could be on the horizon.

Merger or no merger, school leaders say both districts face budget issues.

The board will review the preliminary budget this week.

The final budget goes to the Shelby County Commission on May 22.

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