Shelby County Schools Feeling The Pain Of Transportation Budget Cuts

Shelby County Schools Feeling The Pain Of Transportation Budget Cuts

Interim Shelby County School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson better not be looking to get more money from the Shelby County Commission.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Interim Shelby County School Superintendent Dorsey Hopson better not be looking to get more money from the Shelby County Commission.

Although he might try.

Hopson says $6 million was cut from the school bus transportation budget this year.

It has resulted in overcrowded buses and students getting to schools as much as an hour late.

You might not have seen the picture taken by a Bartlett High student on her bus just a couple of days ago.

It's not good.

Interim superintendent Dorsey Hopson knows it, but says you do what you can when $6 million is cut from a transportation budget.

“I think the main thing is to make sure we get it right for the kids. If kids aren't in school on time, we have failed those kids. So whatever we have to do to get it fixed, we'll do,” Hopson said.

Shelby County Commissioners handle the money. And one of them, Democrat Steve Mulroy, says he'd probably try to give the system more money.

“Well I was always in favor of giving schools the $30 million they asked for, not the $20 million Mayor Luttrell proposed in his tax hike plan. I'd be ready to go back and reconsider it as well. I think we should have done that originally,” Mulroy said.

Mulroy says he doesn't think a majority of commissioners would agree with him.

“I think what their problem is is a management problem,” commissioner Terry Roland said.

No surprise that Terry Roland is one who says the money train as reached the end of the line.

“It's past that point now. They went up on taxes with me hollering and fussing. I think now they know we'll have municipal schools next year, their argument is going to fall on deaf ears,” Roland said.

Local 24 talked with a few other members who say school system officials are going to have to handle this the best way they can.

No more money.
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