Elections, director search don’t hamper schools budget

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On Thursday interim Metro Schools Director Chris Henson, along with school board chairwoman Sharon Gentry and budget committee chairwoman Mary Pierce, pitched the mayor for a $42.5 million increase in the schools budget.

What they didn’t do, as other Metro departments have done in Mayor Megan Barry’s first budget process, is give her a three-year projection for planning purposes.

When probed by the mayor, Henson, who served as the district’s chief financial officer before he was named interim director June 30, noted that Metro schools face a high level of uncertainty about future leadership in this budget cycle. The board plans to hire a new superintendent later in the spring and, after making that selection, five of the nine board seats will be contested in August elections.

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