Sumner County parents to rally in response to closed schools - WKRN News 2

Sumner County parents to rally in response to closed schools

Posted: Updated: Aug 6, 2012 11:33 AM CDT
GALLATIN, Tenn. -

Sumner County parents should have been preparing to send their children back to school Monday but instead they are working out last minute arrangements for childcare following a decision by the Sumner County School Board to delay the start of the school year.

The decision from the school board came after a budget deal with the Sumner County Commission could not be reached.

According to a letter from Director of Schools Del Phillips, the school board requested an additional $7.6 million from the county commission for their nearly $200 million budget.

However, that budget was rejected by the county commissioners.

Sibyl Reagan was supposed to send her children back to Nannie Berry Elementary School in Hendersonville.

"The [school] board is saying this [budget] is bare bones, this is it, and we can't operate for less than this," Reagan told Nashville's News 2. "We have to put our foot down. There has to be a bottom line."

County Commissioner Jim Vaughn did not feel that delaying the school year was the right move.

"To me it's premature and if [the school board] had just given [the county commission] the opportunity to sit down and work through the budget, I'm sure that we could have come to some sort of resolution," Vaughn said.

On Sunday, Nashville's News 2 contacted all 11 school board members.

While some were not available for comment, many stated the decision to delay the school year was made in order to avoid possible layoffs or program cuts in the future.

"I have three kids of my own, and I think I may have 10 or 11 at least a couple of days next week because my friends in the 11th hour cannot find childcare," Reagan said.

The county commission will hold an emergency meeting Monday evening at the County Administration building in Gallatin.

Parents will hold a rally at 5:30 p.m., one hour prior to the meeting, to show their support for Sumner County schools.

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