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Wilson County school board voted to keep teachers and staff on the job

Wilson county school board
Posted at 10:56 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 00:16:50-04

LEBANON, Tenn (WTVF) — Teachers and staff positions at Wilson County schools are safe for now. The school board recommended keeping every position during Thursday night's meeting.

The district is short $10.3 million. Board members noted school growth and new schools have played a factor.

The district believes it can save all the 41 teachers and 95 educational assistants. As well as other programs and positions including coaches supplements and stipends.

District officials say the board is not asking for a tax increase for additional funding from the Wilson County Commission. However, they are asking for help from the county.

Part of the recommendations presented at the meeting, the district is asking for a different scheduling model that would retain the 41 teachers in jeopardy.

The proposed new scheduling format would allow high schools to find extra teachers in other schools instead of hring new ones.

The district is also asking that the Adult High School and Adult Basic Education Programs be funded through Wilson County’s General Fund. Deputy direector Mickey Hall recommended not to transfer around $3.5 Million to Employee Health Insurance Fund. Hall said this would not cut any benefits for employees.

The board approved document will be sent to the Wilson County Commission’s Education & Budget Committee for their review. They will meet virtually next Thursday. If it's rejected, budget talks will need to continue.