SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. – There are new questions about the controversial move to delay the start of schools in Sumner County last month.
County Commissioner Jim Vaughn said that Sumner County Schools found $3 million in roll-over funds when going through the tense budget negotiations last month.
Those negotiations kept kids out of the classroom for ten days while the board held out for more money from the County Commission.
"Monies were there to open the schools," Vaughn said Tuesday. "We could have fulfilled our obligation to the tax payer and the School
Board could have opened schools and we could have come to the same point
without closing the schools."
The money comes from funds left over from last year,
according to district spokesman Jeremy Johnson.
"We're just very
fortunate that the difference happened to be to the good rather than to the
negative," Johnson said. "When we budgeted and we're off by about one-percent we think that's
School board members passed their budget in late August, with less than $2 million in cuts.