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Emergency Meeting Called To Discuss Sumner Co. Schools Budget

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SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. – The Sumner County Executive Committee has called an emergency meeting of the Sumner County Commission on Monday to discuss the budget issues that have postponed the start of the school year indefinitely.

It's official, there's no school in Sumner County on Monday. Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt is called the School Board's decision to postpone the first day unacceptable. That's why he's called an emergency meeting for County Commissioners on Monday to finalize the budget.

"We understand the classroom is the most important...but this year we won't be able to shield the classroom and I think that's what drove us to this decision," Dr. Del Phillips, Director of Sumner County Schools, said.

The Sumner County School Board has put the ball squarely in the County Commissioner's court. It's a tactic that seems to be working.

"I'm a parent so I want to do the right thing but I want to be smart about what I'm doing," Commissioner Chris Hughes said.

The school district is asking Commissioners for $7.6 million more than last year. After years of deep budget cuts, school leaders say any more will force teacher layoffs and directly impact the quality of education.

"It's been my opinion that the majority of the population in Sumner County is asking us to live within our means," Commissioner Jim Vaughn explained.

Vaughn calls the school board's decision to delay the start of school premature and explains there isn't enough money to fully fund the district's request and all of their other responsibilities without a tax increase.

"I won't vote to raise taxes," he said definitively.

Meanwhile, the often tense relationship between both boards is leaving parents and students in limbo.

"I have five kids, they're all school age," parent Natalie Forstman explained. We're going to be sitting around waiting...waiting on them."

County Commissioners will meet on Monday, August 6th at 6:30pm. Residents are encouraged to give both boards their feedback about the budget.

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