Metro school board officials held a budget meeting after learning they would not receive $40 million of the money they requested from Mayor David Briley.
School officials knew it was going to be tight budget year. The school board approved a $924 million dollar operating budget for next year after weeks of contentious debate.
But Mayor David Briley says the city simply doesn’t have enough money to fund the entire thing. The mayor’s budget for next year, but Mayor David Briley’s proposed budget only gives them $384 million for next year. That is still a $5 million dollar increase over this year – but $40 million less than they requested.
The school board must now go back and approve a new, lower budget – one that could mean big cuts in programs and no pay raises for teachers.