Cut, Cut, Cut
|Up $12,000,000 in five years. That's just hard to
explain. But that's just about how much the Loudon County Board Of
Education's spending has increased. That's a 45% increase for a total
budget of more than $38,000,000.00. During this same five year period,
the board has also added 158 new teachers and assistants. (104 teachers,
54 assistants). During the same five year period, the system has added
only about 150 students to their enrollment.
While it's true that certain state and federal mandates have required some increases and there are always certain annual increases, it's still hard to explain twelve million. The board must start looking for ways to reduce spending. With that in mind, at the budget meeting I put forward several recommendations that could at least start the process of reducing costs without negatively impacting education.
I'm sure there are other areas that could be examined and hopefully other board members will have other suggestions. Schools need to get back to education and eliminate all the liberal social program that have proven to be of no value to education.
County schools in the red
Mary E. Hinds News Herald
"For us to be able to handle it, we must have another person," Honeycutt told the board. He also said a special education position had been funded through the central office budget and by moving that position to the special education department the new position for purchasing management should not increase the central office budget.
"We've got to start finding places to cut," Shaver said noting the system was likely to get less income from investments and no increase in Basic Education Funds (BEP) from the state due to lower sales tax collections.
"We're a very wealthy county but we've not elected to spend it on education," Ubben said.