MNPS School Board Members Passes Revised, Controversial Budget

Posted at 4:24 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 20:02:10-04

Members of the Metro Nashville School Board voted unanimously to pass the revised budget in the 10th and final budget hearing.

Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph presented a $924 million back in April. However, Mayor David Briley said he would give the district $40 million less that what was originally requested.

In response Metro Public Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph outlined called a "painful" set of proposed budget cuts.

Because of a drop in city revenue, MNPS got $17 million less than they asked for from the city of Nashville for the 2018-2019 school year. 

The school board's changes to the budget will result in 30 office positions being cut, cuts to STEAM programming and advanced placement testing. Also, the board announced school employees won't be getting raises this year.

School board member Christiane Buggs said both the state and the city aren't giving metro schools enough money.

“We’re not being fully funded from the state. We need an increase in state dollars and I expect to be fully funded from the city. We’re sitting at close to 40% of the budget when in year’s past we have been closer to 50% and I would like to get back with those days,” Buggs said.

Since the budget passed the school board, it now heads to the metro council. Some school board members said they would be attending a 3:45 p.m. committee meeting on Wednesday for the issue.