The School Consolidation Debacle

February 20, 2013

I have been investigating the school consolidation deficit debacle. There have been newspaper articles reporting the new combined deficit of anywhere from $80 million to $180 million dollars.

Now here are some interesting tidbits that I dug up.

Look at the bureaucracy at the two systems. Who is losing their jobs with the combination? This is just a small example of the bureaucracy and their salaries.

 

Chief of staff, MCS, Dr. Alfred L. Hall II, $150,739.

Chief of Operations, SCS, H. Holden, $123,144.

 

Communications, MCS, Staci F. Franklin, $130,619.

Communications Specialist, SCS, Shawn Pachuki, $82,884.

 

Chief Financial Officer, MCS, Pamela Anstey, $180,850

Chief Financial Officer, SCS, Anita Hays, $123,144

 

General Counsel, MCS, Dorsey E. Hobson, $193,136

General Counsel, SCS, Valerie Speakman, $142,092

 

Human Resources, MCS, Cerita Butler, $123,358

Human Resources, SCS, Jeffrey Mayo, $101,832

 

This is just an example of five comparable jobs. I could go on and on but you get the idea. There are many more people listed under the chiefs of the various functions in the MCS listing. You need to compare the number of people in this bureaucracy at the MCS and the SCS and compare the number and the salaries and you will find millions in savings.

 

Then look at the Statements of revenue and expenditures in the CAFRs (Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports) for June 30, 2012 for the two systems. Consider this. There are 46,876 students in the county system and 104,829 in the city system. This is $11,072 expenditure per student in the city system and $9,314 per student in the county system. If the city system was $9,314 expenditures per student, this would save $184 million dollars and guess what; this is the amount that they say is out of balance.

 

It is obvious that the Memphis City School system was run to create and preserve jobs. It is time we had a system that focuses of educating students, not creating jobs.

 

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