(WBIR- Oak Ridge) For many years Oak Ridge Schools has been racking up honors. Just recently, Oak Ridge High was ranked the sixth best high school in the state by U.S. News and World Report.
But now, the school system is about to be tested, as its proposed budget for the next fiscal year is significantly lower. Currently, the school system operates on a $55 million budget. The proposed budget is $1 million less.
Oak Ridge Schools Interim Superintendent Robert Smallridge said, "It's really a very, very difficult budget. Not one I really relished presenting to the board of education."
Smallridge said six positions would be eliminated and another 12 would be cut back. He said the reductions would happen across the board, but insisted the impact on the instructional program would be minimal.
He believes despite the budget reduction, the school system will continue providing an excellent education. Some parents, however, said they feel their child's education will be negatively impacted.
The City of Oak Ridge is expected to vote on a final budget on May 28th.