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Roane Co. School Board votes on budget cuts

10:29 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Roane Co.) Last week the Roane County Commission voted unanimously to not raise property taxes. That left the school district with a $1.5 million budget shortfall.

Thursday night, the school board voted to make cuts to their budget.

The Roane County School Board voted unanimously to cut about $1 million to textbook purchases and cut $210,000 out of PARK test preparation. They also cut funding to the Midtown Education Center, but the center will remain open.

Academic and athletic supplements were cut out at first, but an amendment was made to put that money back in the budget.

School board members said this is just a band-aid fix, and the district will be in the same position next year. They hope to work more closely with the county commission to avoid that.

"There will be more cuts next year unless we get revenue to make up for those, so we'll begin planning right now with the county commission on how we can get our budget for next year," said Gary Aytes, director of schools.

This is the first time since the 1980s that the Roane County School Board has asked for a tax increase.

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