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More money added to county schools budget

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By Damon Lawrence

The Roane County Commission approved a budget amendment for Roane County Schools by an 11-3 vote Monday.
In July, the Board of Education made cuts to the school budget after the commission refused the board’s request for a property tax rate increase. The commissioners approved allowing school officials to take $447,218 from their instructional reserves.
“To reinstate some of the things that had to be cut, the board, with my concurrence, amended the budget,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “That’s what you have before you today.”
Commissioners Copper Bacon, Ron Berry, James Brummett, Ray Cantrell, Benny East, Randy Ellis, Nick Forrester, Carolyn Granger, Chris Johnson, Steve Kelley and Fred Tedder voted for the amendment. Commissioners Bobby Collier, Jerry Goddard and Stanley Moore voted against it. Commissioner George Nelson did not attend the meeting.
Monday’s action does not solve the financial problems facing the school system.
“We all know this is not a permanent fix,” Forrester said. “It is a Band-Aid, so to speak. It is something that will get us by this year. We’ll just have to continue to work next year to come up with a long-term plan, which is what I think is needed the most.”