Up for Debate: MNPS to cut 100-plus jobs

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11:50pm

What do you make of Metro Nashville Public Schools' announcement that 100-plus teacher aide positions would be cut as federal stimulus money vanishes? The move comes at a time when a property tax increase is before the Metro Council, and Mayor Karl Dean has said that new tax revenue would not only allow for the hiring of more teachers, increasing their starting salary by $5,000 annually, but also prevent to loss of 50 police officers hired via a federal COPS grant. Are the MNPS cuts a good move, bad move or just plain necessary move?

154 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 5/23/12 at 4:48

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By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 6:27


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Several on this site have mentioned they won't vote for him this year so I should drop the subject. So what will be your attitudes if he usurps the office again? It's okay, we'll be rid of him in the next election?

There's two points you better start thinking about: 1. If he gets the chance to place us under martial law the old USA will become null and void. 2. If he "wins" this race, you can simply forward the last words of this sentence with the words of the last sentence. Just leave out the words "martial law". Our elections will be over. And as I have noted before; Congress has allowed this to happen.

By: Vuenbelvue on 5/23/12 at 7:28

Comment on the article.
The issue taxpayer's have is that there is such a shotgun approach to the approval of projects and ideas. Since Mayor Dean was elected he has renovated schools as has both other mayors. Maybe someone in the building department could list every school and when the school was built or last renovated and at what costs. I would be surprised if there is a school in Davidson county that is been used that has not been updated and updated more than once since Mr. Bredesen was elected the first time, 18 years ago. Add to that every other government owned building in Davidson county including court houses and police stations. Nothing has been left out, has it? Hundreds of millions was spent for handicapped renovations alone. School buildings should be in pretty decent shape.
Then you have a school that was in the spotlight a few weeks ago and it appeared the mayor's office was willing to spend $16 million to keep the front old wall instead of spending $10 million for a new school. Stratford school, also was spotlighted. I am thinking that school has had two renovation additions done in the past 18 years and now they are requesting $20 million more? $20 million can buy a brand new 180,000 s/f school at $112 a square foot. The property is either paid for or comes out of a separate fund.
A hundred million dollars or more was spent on river walks from Hermitage to West Nashville under Mayors Bredesen and Purcell and seldom used. They built community centers and libraries for another $100 million.
Then there is millions wanted for high speed transportation when a bus route may need one extra bus running in between. But when we, the public see it gulching diesel out its pipes, it looks empty. Anything serious between counties should be split by the counties.
Yes, Mayor Dean may be forced to cut 50 police officers but he is being forced to hire almost as many new "Scientists" and staff at the new crime lab building being built next to the TBI Crime lab. I don't really understand the urgency for lab results when it takes two years to get these cases in a courtroom. They are schedule and postpone. Schedule and postpone.
The city is also spending $1/2 - 1 billion or more in waste water/storm water improvements over the next decade that has to be paid for. This is on going now.
It is not glamorous but forced by the Feds. Mayors Bredesen and Purcell kicked the can down the road and paid the penalty thinking that was cheaper.

I could go on but I am just trying to say it is our money, the citizens and we do have the right to be informed or complain. Every city is growing at the same speed Nashville is which means Nashville will not be passing into another tier like some have suggested. Slower growth while paying off previous projects may be the wise thing to do as opposed to deficit spending.