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Parents worried about SCS budget cuts

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The day after district leaders outlined major budget cuts that could impact children in the classroom, there are new reactions to the proposed impact.

The school board chair co-hosted a town hall meeting Thursday night to address a number of community concerns, but education was at the top of the list.

"It's sad," Shelby County Schools Board Chairperson Teresa Jones said.

Jones used that word to describe the district's fiscal future during the town hall meeting at the Hollywood Community Center.

"We're talking about reductions in counselors and plant managers--just reductions, reductions, reductions," Jones said.

She echoed what was first announced Wednesday during a budget presentation at the central office; adding that more than $200 million in cuts have already been made over the last few years.

"You can't make those types of cuts and those dollars and not hurt," Jones said.

Parents who filled the meeting said their children were already feeling the pain.

"We've got some concerns and they're valid concerns," said Markeita Douglas. "I want equal quality education for my children, no matter what zip code you reside in."

Others said the priorities for budgeting are wrong.

"We fund more of the jails than we do the school system, so that picture's not right," Shelby County Commissioner Melvin Burgess said.

Burgess, an SCS employee, co-hosted the meeting, but it may take a bit more convincing for others.

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