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Statement on Mayor Barry's Budget Address

Metro Schools thanks Mayor Barry for the proposed $36 million increase to the district's budget for the 2017-18 school year.

The 4.3 percent increase over the previous year's budget will fund higher pay for teachers, support our literacy and middle school STEAM transformation, as well as the strategic framework that will guide the district's work in upcoming years.

Based on the proposed $879 million budget, Metro Schools will work with its board to prioritize the needs of the 88,000 students in the district and its 12,000 educators and staff who serve the Nashville-Davidson County area.

Our tentative budget hearing with Metro Council is on Monday, May 22 at 4 p.m. We look forward to continuing in the budget process with the Mayor and Metro Council.


Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.