Students in Sumner County Can Finally Prepare for First Day of School

Aug 15, 2012

Sumner County, Tennessee students will start classes Thursday, following a nearly two week delay over school funding issues. The issue was resolved at last night’s meeting of the Sumner County Board of Education.

The Tennessean reports members of the board voted 10-1 to begin the school year Thursday morning.

On Monday, the Sumner County Commission offered $800,000 of the nearly $3 million school officials said was needed to open schools. Previously, a series of efforts to increase property taxes for school funding failed in two County Commission meetings.

Sumner County’s Director of Schools, Del Phillips, says he’ll work with staff members to figure out how to best use the one-time allocation of funds. The County Commission is scheduled to meet again Monday.

If the remaining $2 million the school board has requested isn’t funded, the board will have to face the prospect of cutting jobs at each of the district’s 45 schools.