Pricey

Metro Schools budget goes way up and why?

About a third of a $44 million budget increase that Director of Schools Jesse Register is asking the Metro school board to approve is directly attributed to the district’s growing charter school community.

“What comes to mind for me, just from a fiscal perspective, is a strong potential for a tax increase,” said Amy Frogge, a school board member.

“This is a huge jump, $15 million, just for the schools we’ve already approved, and we don’t know what the state’s going to send our way. And if we’re paying two-thirds of those costs, where’s that money going to come from?” she asked.