After six months of budget talks, the Metro School Board agreed last night on a 556-million dollar budget to be recommended to the Metro Council.
The board has avoided any reductions that would create teacher or staff layoffs, but 60 custodial jobs and more than 50 teaching positions will be eliminated next year which will increase the teacher/student ration and the square footage cleaned per janitor.
Board vice chair Kathy Nevill says a wish list of unfunded priorities will be attached to the budget incase any extra money becomes available. A larger raise for Metro Schools employees tops the list.
“It would be our goal to send this priority list along with our budget to present it to the Mayor and to present it to the Council so that they would understand what we would do with any additional dollars that were going to come our way…We know now that for the first 1.87-million or whatever portion we might get up to that amount, we would be working towards the 2-percent raise.”
The next request includes nearly 800-thousand dollars to boost starting pay for Metro teachers and then additional money to gradually restore positions cut by the proposal. The Mayor’s office will review the budget next week.