The board of Metro Schools will hear from the public (tomorrow night/tonight) regarding its proposed $722 million budget.
Overall, the proposal represents growth of more than 7 percent – close to $50 million. The largest increase not considered mandatory is a boost in the starting pay for teachers, which will cost the district nearly $6 million.
In recent years, the Metro Council has given the school district all of the money it asked for. By far, the city spends more on education than any other part of government. And this year Mayor Karl Dean is increasingly expected to ask for his first property tax hike to make ends meet.
The public hearing starts at 5 p.m. at the Bransford Avenue office. Speakers must sign up by 4:30.
View the proposed Metro Schools budget here.