School board approves budget for Sumner County - WKRN News 2

School board approves budget for Sumner County

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GALLATIN, Tenn. -

The Sumner County School Board reached an agreement on a budget for the 2012-2013 school year Tuesday night.

Despite the budget not being what school officials had originally wanted, it is a budget the county will have to make do with.

In an effort to close the ongoing budget gap, Director of School Del Phillips recommended cutting GPS from school busses, as well as cutting distance learning programs and reducing pay raises for teachers and classified employees from 3% to 2.5%.

Under the new budget, the board will still have to make around $935,000 in staffing cuts from schools.

"I've mentioned over and over and over, we're going to try our best to limit the number of personnel we are going to have to reduce in our system, but there's absolutely no feasible way to balance our budget without having personnel expenditure. It's just not possible," Phillips said.  

It was not immediately known which positions would be eliminated from county schools.

Dr. Phillips said he will now need to meet with school principals and department heads to determine what would impact students the least.

"You can't specify whether that's a mixture of classified and certified or how it's going to come down. That's why the box is empty."

Board members also adopted a school calendar during Tuesday night's meeting.

For more information, visit SumnerSchools.org.

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