Sumner Co. Board Of Education Makes Serious Budget Cuts
by Emily Luxen
SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. - The Sumner County Board of Education approved a new budget that will include over $900,000 in staff cuts.
The school board met Tuesday night and in a seven to four vote approved budget cuts suggested by Schools Director Del Phillips. Phillips said in cutting staff positions he would meet with principals and department heads to evaluate vacant positions, the need of classified staff, high school elective teachers, middle school elective teachers and core academic teachers.
During an ongoing budget battle with Sumner County Commissioners, board members have already made some cuts to their budget including eight guidance counselors.
Monday night, County Commissioners voted to put a $25 wheel tax increase on the ballot in November. If passed, supporters said the increase would generate an additional $3 million a year for schools. The same measure was voted down in March.
School Board leaders also debuted a new school calendar at the meeting that revised holidays and breaks to make up for the week that students missed school in August. Students will be in school on September 4 and an additional inservice day will be held October 12.
Leaders shortened fall break for students this year to October 15to October 17. The Thanksgiving holiday break was also shortened by a day. Students will be out of schools November 22 and November 23 to celebrate that holiday. Winter break for Sumner County students will be held from December 24, 2012 to January 1, 2013.
The new schedule also includes a later Spring Break then was originally planned. Spring Break will be from March 25-29 in 2013. The last day of school for students will be May 24, 2013.