Metro black caucus opposes outsourcing at schools

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 2:39pm

The Metro Council’s Black Caucus today announced its opposition to the school district’s proposed $633.3 million budget, which seeks to free up funds by outsourcing custodial services and reducing the hours of bus drivers.

In a letter sent Tuesday to the nine-member Metro Nashville Board of Education, the caucus asks the school board to “revisit their proposed budget and work with members of the Metro Council to come up with a solution that will allow for the custodians and ground workers to keep their positions with Metro schools, and retain the existing method of compensation for school bus drivers.”

Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed $1.52 billion budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year would fund Metro Nashville Public Schools at the level as requested by the school board and Director of Schools Jesse Register. It includes cuts that target school custodians, bus drivers and grounds keepers, which would net approximately $10 million in savings.

The school board’s budget hearing before the council is scheduled for June 3.

Members of the black caucus who signed onto the letter are council members Sandra Moore, Walter Hunt, Frank Harrison, Edith Langster, Vivian Wilhoite, Erica Gilmore, Jerry Maynard, Sam Coleman And Lonnell Matthews Jr. 

4 Comments on this post:

By: uncle cicero on 5/18/10 at 12:58

Where does the White Caucus stand on this issue?

By: wayitis on 5/18/10 at 1:46

I know your being sarcastic and honest at the same time. We as whites do not have a vocal voice anymore. If we say anything we looked as racists . If we form a club it's not fair or equal, we're racist.. Thats fine with me if thats the way African Americans want it. I'll play there game the way they want it to be played. the real respect I have though I wil reserve for people who believe in banding together as a nation not a skin color. anybody else feel that way?

By: richgoose on 5/18/10 at 2:46

I love the Black Caucus. They are the only group of underclass in the world that gets to eat at the table of success. The most amazing thing in the history of human evolvement.

By: cleaner on 5/18/10 at 3:26

I get so tired of the racist folks that only represent black citizens and get to display it on every paper in the counrty without recourse.