MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Schools are facing another big budget crisis and cuts to the classroom could be coming, according to a letter sent to all SCS staff.
The superintendent emailed a letter to all SCS employees on Thursday outlining the threat of cuts to the classroom. The letter also mentions a new website dedicated to students who "deserve more." This comes just days after SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson warned of the possibility of cuts.
Hopson elaborated on potential classroom cuts that could come if an approximately $40 million dollar budget gap is not filled.
The letter sent by email said, in part, "We've been able to make major budget cuts without impacting student achievement, but this year could be different. Without significant funding from the Shelby County Commission or the State of Tennessee, it will be difficult to avoid cuts to our classrooms."
Demonstrating its willingness to increase efficiency, Hopson said it is time for those who fund the district to step up.
An SCS-run website lays out the challenges and offers a way for citizens to take action in order to encourage more money for schools. Click here to visit the website and learn more.
"We've got to work with the Shelby County Commission and the funding body to support our students," Hopson said.
There's a big budget meeting next week where district leaders will outline the proposed cuts.