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Sumner commission adds $800K to school budget

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GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

Sumner County Commissioners voted late Monday night to add $800,000 to the school system's budget, which must go to capital expenditures.

Sumner County Director of Schools Del Phillips called the vote a positive step. The school board will now meet Tuesday at 6 p.m.

District officials are now working to shuffle some numbers and see what money it can free up elsewhere because of the additional capital money.  Personnel cuts are still possible.

The district said it still needs more than $2 million to start schools.

According to the school district's spokesman, it's possible that the director of schools will issue a recommendation for the board to consider. 

There is still no word when school will start in Sumner County.

Commission, School Board work on budget

Sumner County students continue to get lessons in budgeting, despite not being in class.

The Sumner County Commission and school board have been in a standoff for almost two weeks, which has delayed the start of schools in Sumner County.

The school board says it needs millions in dollars from the county. The commission said it's approved a budget, just not the one the school board wants.

During Monday's meeting, the commission voted down proposals to raise property taxes and reallocate other funds to the district.

Last week, commissioners agreed to shuffle $2.2 million in capital funds to the school system, but that was far short of the more than $7 million school leaders had originally sought.

In response, the school board trimmed its funding request by just over $1 million. They wanted to show county commissioners they're willing to negotiate and end a stalemate that has lead to more than a week of empty schools.

About 28,000 students attend public schools in Sumner County.

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