(WMC-TV) - Two out three big issues made it by the Shelby County School District board Tuesday—but not the biggest. At the superintendent's request, the board delayed a vote on the budget in order to address concerns from parents and teachers.
SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson said concerns raised by the community deserve further consideration.
Early bell times have alarmed many parents since changes were made, including a 7 a.m. opening for numerous Shelby County schools.
"Sixth graders at White Station Middle School eat lunch at 9:20 a.m.," said parent Angie Britton to the school board. "I would like a show of hands from people who eat lunch at 9:20. It just doesn't make sense."
Teacher Anita Fields could no longer stand around without expressing her concerns about special education funding.
"I'm telling you, you are hurting our babies, your babies, you are hurting them," she said.
Most people expected the board to approve the proposed budget, until Hopson asked to pull it from the agenda citing outstanding issues, many of which were raised during a series of community meetings last week.
"Now we have time to press the pause button and look at the issues that have been raised and see if we can come up with solutions," he said.
In addition to bell times and special education funding, a proposed 50 percent cut to world languages may also be reconsidered.
The board is expected to vote on the budget during a special-called meeting next month. Some of these issues will be hashed out during a board retreat later this week.
The board did approve a couple of items Tuesday: A $52 million capital improvement plan that includes money for a new Westhaven Elementary School and the district's rezoning plan was passed. That includes the conversion of Woodstock Middle School back into a high school.
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