MNPS told to cut proposed budget by up to $25M

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:18am

Metro Nashville Public School officials expect to cut as much as $25 million of their budget proposal this spring, according to district officials.

MNPS originally pitched a $764 million budget to Mayor Karl Dean but was told Tuesday they will have to scale it back due to lower revenues.

Director of Schools Jesse Register said it was too soon to say what he and the board would want to take out of the budget proposal, but said capital projects, increases in salaries as well as benefits and money dedicated to charter schools will likely not be considered.

Dean is expected to present his budget to the Metro Council on April 30, and school officials have until July 1 to decide what to cut from their budget, which included $44 million in new spending.


12 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/13 at 3:55

Free lunches and free breakfast for 63% of the Davidson county enrollment can get expensive.

By: on 4/24/13 at 7:10

The food costs are mostly paid by the federal government, because they figured out long ago that it is difficult for hungry children to learn. Most Metro departments have cut year after year, while a few just kept getting more money. Unfortunately, money does not often equate improved services.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/13 at 7:59

63% of the Davidson county school children have parents that do not feed them according to I Am A TAXPAYER.

I wonder how many of those parents pay any federal income tax that goes toward the free breakfast and free lunches these kids get.

My guess is that the parents who send their kids to private schools and pay the highest property taxes and the most federal income taxes are the purveyors of food for the children of underclass parents.

By: slzy on 4/24/13 at 10:47

At least one private school charges $9,000 a year on top of tuition for English if English is not your native tongue.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/13 at 11:35

SLZY.............I would dearly love to know what school that would. There are not many families in Davidson county that have the non-english speaking children who can afford the tuitipn plus 9,000 dollars. For those that do the 9,000 dollars plus tuition is a bargain to keep their kids out of the underclass culture. that exists in the Davidson county public schiols.

By: jsabrown on 4/24/13 at 11:35

Eh, why should Rasputin care? It's not like those are HIS kids. Shucks, most of em will probably just grow up to be criminals, so ta heck with them! Just go ahead and replace elementary schools with kiddie-size prisons! Hire ole Joe Arpaio as the new Director; Lord knows he'll save us some money on feedin' em!

Yeah, its their own fault for being born poor. Shoulda chosen their parents better.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/13 at 12:49

JSABrown.........An excellent observation. What you could have added and did not was the reality of the genetics. Very little chance of these kids not bringing in more genetically lacking offspring. I think the country is being overwhelmed with an almost LEMMING like
birthrate of underclass welfare recipients

I would be all for colonies being set to house and clothe these people and keep them off the streets and away from the productive public.

By: jsabrown on 4/24/13 at 4:18

Rasputin, what you're advocating is not genetics, it's eugenics, and that doesn't speak well for your grasp of biology... or history, for that matter. On the other hand, it's always entertaining to see someone who can't construct a cogent sentence ruminate on education policy; please don't allow my pointing and laughing to dissuade you.

By: thinking12 on 4/24/13 at 6:42

More money! poorly spent with NO transparency as to what it is actually going to will not solve the issues in MNPS!!!

Parent involvement has to be the the foundation for success!

Stop giving the students "free" day care, transportation, meals and school buildings!
The parents have no "skin " in this at all since property taxes(and the recent hikes)pay for it -not the parents!!!!!!!!!!
They put their "student" on a free bus as soon as they are 3 years old-saving their bill on day care. Everything is free at MNPS to the parents!

Why not a tuition rate for the school year and a rebate for great student attendance,parent involvement(it's their kids school-volunteerism goes a long way to accomplish things-bet those schools would shine! and sets an excellent example for their kids!) and academic excellence?

I am part of the community-I do not have a student in school-( I do my part by paying my taxes) the parents are the best ones to monitor their students to ensure success.....not more of my money and none of their "skin".

By: thinking12 on 4/24/13 at 6:46

The school board does not answer emails either!!!!

We might be able to save some $ there also!

By: firstworldproblems on 4/24/13 at 10:13

It's obvious that many of you didn't bother to look into any of this before you started spouting off...

This school year was the last year for SIG, or School Improvement Grants, which provided teachers to implement some very important programs for our schools. Since those programs are ending, the district is hoping to get some of that money back through this budget.

Contrary to what many people love to think, Metro's test scores are going up, and it is, in part, due to the implementation of programs that came in under SIG and Title I funds. Literacy programs and coaches, Numeracy programs and coaches, Family and Community Resource programs, increased test preparation faculty and materials, an increase in technology, more security, more tutors for core subjects...all of these things are paid for by these funds. To rid the schools of these things would devastate them, and really WOULD have an effect on performance.

I am a teacher, and I will go on record right now to say I would absolutely forgo a raise for next year if it means saving these programs. It's the right thing for our students.

By: jsabrown on 4/25/13 at 9:03

By "no transparency," you must mean "I'm too lazy to investigate." The MNPS budget is a public document. While you can't get specific information about individual students, or some security-related information, most all other information about how the system spends its budget are open to public inspection.

Transparency does not imply an capacity to sit down with you and walk you through the data, dollar by dollar. If that's what you want, hire yourself an accountant that understands public government financing.

OTOH, privately-operated charter schools, all the rage these days, have considerably less transparancy.

Regardless of whether a child has a parent who can or will "monitor" the child for success, we as a community have a responsibility to provide that child an education. While the child certainly benefits, this is not simply for the child's benefit. No matter what sort of parents a child has, th' youngin' is gonna eventually become an adult. Every penny we spend creating a foundation of essential skills and knowledge translates into much less money we have to spend supporting that person as an adult, whether in public assistance or jail space.