Projected Deficit Has Metro Schools Weighing Layoffs, Buyouts, Other 'Big Ticket Items'

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School consolidations, staff layoffs, buyouts and larger class sizes could be in the works under next school year’s district budget given a $23 million projected deficit next year.

“It’s not so much a scare tactic. When I look at where we can save $10 to $15 to $20 million, those are big ticket items. Those are the places that I would look first,” MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register told reporters.

The school board began scratching the surface on those options last night during the board’s budget committee meeting. The board also re-elected its leadership, whose chairwoman promptly refuted recent attacks on the school board asserting members are hostile to charter schools. The board also approved a district calendar for the 2014-15 year and a five-year district strategic plan, took up the new grading policy that assigns students grades no lower than 50, and spoke about some structural changes to admissions at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School.

Here’s the play-by-play:

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