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SCS: Budget $227M less than last year

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(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Schools announced during a media briefing Wednesday that its budget is about $227 million less than last year as a result of the formation of the municipal school districts.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said the goal is to keep position cuts as far away from the classrooms as possible.

Departments will submit staffing and strategic plans, and the district will be looking into the budget over the next four to six weeks.

"If you have a smaller district to support you need fewer positions," said Hopson.

That means thousands of jobs are in jeopardy, just like they were when the city and county school systems merged.

"We're gonna lose positions as a result of that we're going to also lose central office positions," said Hopson.

Hopson says there is no way to know how many jobs are at stake until a budget is finalized. He does not want to sound the alarm because every year the district hires around 1,100 teachers.

"There will be ample opportunity for people to secure employment, but between the teachers positions we don't have the final number yet," he said.

School board president Kevin Woods takes offense to the notion that a school merger is coming undone within the city limits.

"Anyone who thinks that we've accomplished nothing simply because the municipalities have chosen their path of how they choose to educate their kids ... I personally take offense to it. I know my colleagues take offense to it," he said.

Shelby County Schools budget talks start Friday.

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