School board holds town hall meetings on budget

The Memphis City School Board is facing a multi-million dollar budget crunch and board members want to hear from you in a series of town hall meetings. The district is short $30 million, $16 million in cuts have been proposed. The district has been criticized for how much it spends on administrative costs. The annual budget is $735 million. The district says it spends about one percent of that on administration. Of that, the Superintendent earns $204 thousand a year. 78 percent of the budget goes to instruction, mostly teacher salaries. And about 14 percent goes to maintenance and operations. Tuesday night's meeting goes from 5:30 til 7:30 at Mitchell High School. It's your only opportunity to sound off. Two other meetings are also scheduled. One is next Tuesday at the Ed Rice Community Center on North Watkins. It begins at six o'clock in the evening. The other meeting is next Wednesday at Ridgeway Middle School. That meeting starts at 5:30 in the evening.