Metro Schools budget to be presented to Mayor Briley Wednesday

Posted at 4:06 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 08:48:33-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor David Briley will hear more about a huge budget request for Metro Nashville Public Schools Wednesday morning.

The Board of Education is scheduled for its part of the Mayor's budget hearings at 8;30a.m. Wednesday. The board is expected to present a $963 million budget. That budget accounts for an additional $77 million next year.

Supporters of fully-funded schools are not backing down. The group "Red For Ed" plans to be at the budget hearings to show their support for the budget proposal.

The proposed budget would include a 10% raise for teachers and school staffers. It would also add more human resources positions within the school system. Money would also be spent on adding programs to cater to behavioral needs of students.

The Board of Education approved the budget plan during the same meeting at which they voted to buy-out the contract of former Director of Schools, Dr. Shawn Joseph.

Mayor Briley has not indicated whether he's on board with the budget plan. He did say in a news conference a few weeks ago that he wants to take more of a leading role on the direction of Metro Nashville schools.