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Sumner Co. school year delayed over funding

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The Sumner County Board of Education has voted to delay the start of the new school year indefinitely as the district continues to stand at odds with county commissioners over funding.

School for thousands of Sumner County students was scheduled to begin Monday, but the board voted Thursday evening 10-1 to delay the school year until a budget is approved.

The school budget was supposed to be approved last month, and a source close to the situation said the school board requested $6.5 million more this year. However, the commission only plans to approve $4 million, which would still be a $2.5 million increase over last year's budget.

County commissioners have said in order to obtain $6.5 million they would have to increase taxes, which they don't intend to do.

The board's decision to delay classes could lead to teacher layoffs or other staff reductions.

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