October 18, 2021

Educt Geria

The Devoted Education Mavens

JMCSS budget 3% employee raises, JCM positions, Pope fees, new buses

A year ago, Jackson-Madison County School System budget discussions involved cutting up to 74 positions, superintendent Marlon King reminded the school board. When he officially took office, he and the board committed to saving teacher positions even when other reductions had to be made amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While those discussions were hashed out in the public forums of budget committee meetings and with uncertainty about funding, this year’s budget talks between the superintendent, board chair and vice chair and administration had for-sure sources of funding because of multi-million dollar federal relief grants that JMCSS continues to use to recover.

“That was the conversation last year,” King said during a budget presentation in June. “Much of that talked about the system cutting 74 positions, cutting $10 million back, reducing the number of educational assistants, cutting the curriculum down, reducing athletics, fine arts and ROTC. This year, we are increasing that.”