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.