Suburban Separation Means Shelby County Schools Could Lose Millions

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(Shelby County, TN) Shelby County Schools could lose at least $50 million next school year.

"The bigger impact is going to be the funds available to give kids what they need," said school board member Chris Caldwell.

Caldwell said the district could lose more than $52 million next school year.

It all depends on how many students leave the district when the six suburbs launch their own schools.

Some funding is based on the number of students in a district, so fewer students means less money.

Lakeland, Arlington, Germantown, Collierville, and Bartlett are breaking away from Shelby County Schools, because Memphis is now part of the district.

"There are costs that the district cannot get rid of in the short run just because they lost the students. There are things like future costs for retiree benefits," said Caldwell.

Critics said the suburban separation will not only hurt the budget, but it will layoff hundreds of office employees and teachers.

"It's not going to be so easy where every student leaves, and that's the same number of teachers . You might have a teacher with a smaller classroom, which may be beneficial for the children, but more expensive for the district," said Caldwell.

Caldwell is worried the district could lose quality teachers and administrators, all concerns he said the board hopes to work out in the next few months.


  • Nonya Bidness

    You can count on loosing the best teachers staff. If they are truly good they will be picked up by the suburban school systems. This is what you get when you try to hide your shortcomings by merging with the county.

    So how did that work out for ya?

  • Think people thiknk

    Can’t really call it a short fall if the students are leaving with the money. You have less students therefore less operating budget needs. Also you should not count the teachers leaving and going to the new districts as having to let go of teachers.

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