WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon August 6, 2012
Budget Problems Delay Start of School Year in Sumner County, Tennessee
Students in a northern Tennessee county are in limbo as the local school board continues to debate a budget impasse. The Tennessean reports the school board voted 10-1 last week to delay the beginning of school in order to deal with a nearly $8 million budget hole.
Students had been scheduled to report for the first day of classes Monday, but they were cancelled. Now, Sumner County officials have to decide whether to raise taxes or shift dollars from other areas of the budget to address the school system’s funding issues.
Some parents of students in the school system are upset that such short notice was given regarding the delay of the school year. To deal with the problem, an emergency session of the Sumner County Commission and its Budget Committee has been called for Monday night.
Those meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will held at the Sumner County Administration Building in Gallatin.