Metro School Board Submits Budget to Council 

The Metro Nashville Board of Education (Board) held a specially called meeting Tuesday, May 19, to discuss and vote on important updates to the 2020-2021 operating year, including Metro Schools’ budget proposal and the ReimaginED initiative, a district-wide effort to focus resources and efforts to improve academic outcomes for all students in all MNPS clusters.   

Budget Proposal  

During the meeting, the Board unanimously  adopted a budget to submit to the Metro Council for consideration. The budget proposed is essentially the same as the budget adopted in the previous fiscal year, with the addition of the 3% cost-of-living-adjustment that went into effect for teachers and support staff on January 1, 2020, along with some budget savings to offset added non-discretionary costs to the district.  

MNPS is funded from two main sources: local taxes and federal, state, and local funding and grants. Together, these streams of income give us the ability to provide our students with a high-quality public education. For more on how MNPS is funded and how the district responsibly allocates funds, visit keepgraphica.com/budgets.  

新皇冠体育盘口Every year, the district designs a student-centered budget based on data, priorities, and values. Given this year’s economic realities, the district’s budget proposal looks different than previous years’ budgets.  

新皇冠体育盘口“The Board has adopted a budget that  did not include new investment in strategies we all thought essential, but one that is required of us due to the extraordinary times,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. “We’ve worked hard to reduce spending as much as possible while maintaining the quality of our schools, and we  will continue working to ensure that we pay our teachers and our support employees what they deserve for educating our students.”  

This year’s budget proposal includes:  

  • $10  million in proposed budget cuts  

  • A request for an additional  $15 million over the amount allocated in the current Metro Nashville budget ordinance to offset the costs of the mid-year 3 %  cost-of-living-adjustment  for teachers and other employees  that went into effect in January.   

The district plans to cut $10 million from the budget through a series of measures, including a reorganization of the central office that will result in $1 million in savings.  

新皇冠体育盘口Additionally, the district will save approximately $3.5 million from the , which the Board approved unanimously Tuesday.

新皇冠体育盘口The  Board approved the consolidations listed below to go into effect July 1, 2020, with students reporting at their new schools in August:  

  • Consolidating Joelton Middle School into Haynes Middle School  

  • Consolidating Buena Vista Elementary School into Jones Paideia Magnet Elementary  

  • Consolidating Robert E. Lillard Elementary into Alex Green Elementary and Cumberland Elementary  

  • Closing the Cohn Learning Center program  

All facilities and properties will remain within control of MNPS, and community members, families, and other stakeholders will be invited to weigh in on future uses for each facility.   

Our schools are important cornerstones of our communities, and consolidating and closing schools  are difficult  decisions that are not made lightly.  These recommendations were designed to better serve our students by creating supportive, engaging learning environments. Consolidating these schools will let us focus our attention, our resources and our efforts on improving academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students in these clusters.


Next Steps  

Board members and district officials will participate in the   Thursday, May 21,  at 4:30 p.m. If the Metro Council does not increase funding for MNPS beyond what is  recommended in the current Metro budget  proposal, the Board will need to make further reductions in expenditures  to maintain a balanced budget.  

新皇冠体育盘口However, MNPS and the Board do not develop any budgets alone – and that includes this year’s operating budget proposal. Staff, parents, and community leaders influence our budget, and feedback from our communities is incredibly important, as is connecting with Metro Council representatives to advocate for MNPS.  

新皇冠体育盘口“We need to reach out to each and every Council Member and explain why educating our children is important,” Board Chair Anna Shepherd said. “It’s still our responsibility to provide  every child  with an excellent educational opportunity.”   

“We have to make the case to Council,” said Board Member Gini Pupo-Walker, chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. “I don’t think the case is closed.  I’m hearing from Council Members that they want to find a way.”  

Metro Council is expected to vote on a final budget next month to take effect July 1.  

You can watch the budget discussion portion of the Board Meeting below:

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