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Shelby Co. school leaders to consider budget cuts

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SCS leaders say it's all part of the difficult decisions they'll have to make starting Tuesday. SCS leaders say it's all part of the difficult decisions they'll have to make starting Tuesday.
The world languages program might also have to be cut by 50 percent. The world languages program might also have to be cut by 50 percent.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) – The Shelby County school board has some difficult decisions to make during Tuesday's meeting including how to close a $227 million budget gap and how to save hundreds of jobs.

School leaders have spent weeks warning the public that they might not like the impact of the impending cuts, but vowed to keep as many dollars as close to the classroom as possible using the public's input to make those critical decisions.

SCS held a number of community meetings, with the last one held Friday. It was the final meeting of the series concerning the proposed budget for next year.

The district will have $227 million less to spend next school year, due to the opening of six municipal school districts in the fall.

This means that 800 positions, including teachers, bus drivers, and central office workers, may have to be cut. The world languages program might also have to be cut by 50 percent.

SCS leaders say it's all part of the difficult decisions they'll have to make starting Tuesday.

"We're faced with a budget that says here are the dollars, here are the numbers, where should they best be spent?" said SCS Board Chairman Kevin Woods. "And I have one responsibility -- keeping as many dollars as possible closest to the classroom."

The school board will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., but the vote could be delayed to give board members more time to review the proposal.

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