School board warns more cuts could be ahead - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

School board warns more cuts could be ahead

A city council decision to slash funding is forcing Memphis City Schools to cut back.

In an email sent to staffers earlier this week, Interim Superintendent Dan Ward blames a hiring freeze on the Memphis City Council's decision to cut funding.

Open positions at the central office are among those currently frozen.

In his E-mail, Ward wrote, "This freeze does not mean that these positions can never be filled.  However, it does allow us to review how we can manage our resources better."

Memphis City Council members early voted this week to cut more than $60 million in funding for Memphis City Schools.  The district had been set to receive $93 million.

Many school board members considered it a "bad" decision, saying it may be just the beginning when it comes to cuts.

"In addition to hiring freezes, there are going to have to be additional cuts, because that's a significant amount of revenue we'll have to account for in our budget," Martavius Jones of the Memphis City School Board said.

Jones said he hopes the candidate school board members select for the open position of superintendent will consult with Ward about where the cuts are being made.

The cuts could eventually impact the district's rainy day fund, which is meant to be used only in emergencies.

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