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Sullivan school budget falls short of state maintenance of effort requirements

November 2nd, 2013 6:36 pm by Rick Wagner

Sullivan school budget falls short of state maintenance of effort requirements

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County’s 2013-14 school budget missed meeting Tennessee maintenance of effort requirements by $405,000.

That shortfall is to be amended to meet the requirements at the Nov. 18 Sullivan County Commission meeting, following a vote at Monday’s Board of Education meeting recommending the change.

The money in question is going to be designated for health insurance costs, which will be higher than estimated, not to undo other budget austerity measures taken for the budget.

Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said the money in question is more of an accounting issue, not money the system could or should use to undo teacher aide positions cut in the budget.

The resolution the BOE reviewed at its Thursday work session is needed “so we meet maintenance of effort as required by state law,” Yennie said.

“We typically don’t have this problem,” Yennie said of the system of about 10,500 that is losing enrollment.

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