SCS ready to turn over school buildings to municipal districts

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says SCS is prepared to turn over school buildings to the suburbs June 1, turn off the power and Internet, and move on

"We don't own those buildings, can't send employees to buildings we don't own or pay salaries for people who aren't doing work," he said.

But the new municipal districts don't start new budgets for another month.

The suburbs agreed to pick up power and insurance costs early, but can't afford to pay the salaries of the principals and counselors for another month, and beg to differ on the work done.

"The majority of the work in the summer is to close out work of previous year. There was a story on the news about TCAP scores being delayed, still waiting for those to come in."

Officials are down to the wire in this transition of school buildings, and while both sides promise to figure it out, staff are still worried, and not just about pay.

One school counselor told us via email, "This is especially upsetting and disruptive to high school guidance counselors who utilize the next two weeks to close out records."

Germantown's new leaders say, financially, there's some good news.

"Any teacher who resigns, retires, takes a new job anywhere, will get a lump sum shortly after resignation takes place."