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MNPS Discusses How To Close $23 Million Shortfall

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro School board met with members of Metro Council's Budget and Finance Committee to share the districts dire budget scenarios for the 2014-2015 school year.

It includes offering employees early retirements or buy outs, closing under utilized schools and outsourcing services to close a projected $23 million shortfall.

Council members asked a lot of questions to ensure the district was considering all of its options.

The deficit is mainly a result of the increased cost to fund charter schools. Council is only responsible for providing funding and school board members asked for support as they anticipated having to make some difficult decisions.

"Yes they're going to ask for more money and I'm not positive the city has it," Metro Council's Budget and Finance Committee Chairman, Steve Glover said. "We need to start making some hard choices and we need to help this board make some hard choices. "

School board members stress the options being considered are preliminary proposals. The board is still months away from making any final decisions.

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