ROGERSVILLE — After months of discussion and negotiation Hawkins County Schools and Rogersville City School are back where they started with regard to a disputed school transportation bill from the 2012-13 school year.
By one vote Thursday the Hawkins County Board of Education voted to stick with the $90,349 bill for student busing sent to the independent K-8 RCS in July.
The RCS BOE and school director Rebecca Isaacs had refused to pay that bill stating it was $12,000 more than the previous school year and $9,000 more than RCS had approved in its budget for student busing.
County school officials have stated that the same formula was used to tabulate the RSC bus bill for the past several years. Over the past five years RCS has received bus bills from the county for $62,000, $75,529, $50,947, $80,545, and for the 2011-12 school year, $77,647.
At a workshop meeting held Nov. 18 Hawkins County BOE member Chris Christian had suggested a compromise to split the difference between the bill and what RCS budgeted, for a total of about $85,000.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.