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Classroom impact, security concerns rise from school budget debate

The commission will vote on a budget June 3. The commission will vote on a budget June 3.
Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said tough decisions led to a budget less than both school systems in 2012. Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said tough decisions led to a budget less than both school systems in 2012.
Shelby County Commissioners revealed the first look at the Unified Schools budget Wednesday. Shelby County Commissioners revealed the first look at the Unified Schools budget Wednesday.

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Commissioners revealed the first look at the Unified Schools budget Wednesday.

While the majority of the commission commends school leaders for trimming the fat in the budget, others are concerned about classroom impact and the cost of school security.

Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said tough decisions led to a budget less than both school systems in 2012. The budget was cut nearly $75 million.

"We've done the best job we can," he said.

A group called Stand for Children urged commissioners to approve the budget.

"We have to invest in our children," said Jaclyn Suffel with Stand for Children.

Although, questions from commissioners continued from school safety to money during the discussion Wednesday.

"We're talking about paying MPD and Shelby County Sheriff's deputies more money to bring more officers in," said Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas.

Hopson said two students were recently shot off campus, and that crime on the streets can get in the school.

The Memphis security chief's original $175,000 salary was scrutinized.

"He's taken a salary reduction, but I don't want to understate his value," said Hopson.

The commission will vote on a budget June 3.

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