Shelby County Schools board members received the 157-page budget proposal Monday. They will spend the next few days going over the new district's spending priorities.
This budget proposal will save close to $75 million compared to what Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools spent this year.
The Unified School System is proposing to spend nearly $2 billion during the 2013-14 school year. Most of that money goes toward salaries and employee benefits but the school system is only expecting less revenue than it plans to spend.
The money comes in from the state and Shelby County. The city is no longer contributing any money for schools. That means there is a budget shortfall of roughly $35 million.
This budget is less than what the two school systems, Memphis City Schools and Shelby County, spent last year combined.
"I think it's solid and I think that they've done a lot of hard work and a lot of hard choices," said school board member David Reaves. "It's reflected in the budget. The budget is lean and I think it's one I think we could probably take to the county commission and get pretty good support on."
"They keep saying these cuts are not going to impact the classroom," added Rev. Kenneth Whalum, board member. "Well, of course they're going to impact the classroom. Of course they are and the children who are going to suffer the most because of these decisions are the poorest of the children."
The school board will hold a public budget hearing Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday board members will be able to ask questions about the budget.
Thursday the school board is expected to vote on the money.
All of those meetings are at the Memphis City Schools Teaching and Learning Center.
After it's approved the budget is sent to the Shelby County Commission for its review. The big question is how will local leaders deal with that budget gap.