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Sumner Co. Schools Start Thursday Despite Budget Crisis

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By Janet Kim

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Thousands of students in Sumner County head back to class Thursday, after having 10 extra days off due to a budget crisis with county commissioners and the school board.

After weeks of back and forth, the school board decided Tuesday that schools would re-open despite a fully funded budget.

Sumner County schools were supposed to open August 6, but a dispute over the budget forced school members to delay the start of school.

Originally, board members asked commissioners for an additional $6.7 million to cover increasing costs associated with a growing district. Last Monday night, county commissioners countered with a one-time offer of $2.2 million.

Tuesday's vote came the day after Sumner County Commissioners allocated $800,000 additional dollars for the school system. Commissioners argued there was no more money to give, while the school board said without a fully funded budget they will have to make personnel cuts.

School leaders are still working out the details of what measures they will take to meet the funding they have, and what adjustments that will need to be made with the school schedule.

There are still some details to iron out with school extracurricular activities, but it appears sports practices and games will resume. For instance, a Freshman Football game is scheduled for Thursday night between Hendersonville High and Station Camp.

The school board will meet again Tuesday to discuss the budget.

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