Mary E. Hinds News Herald
The Loudon County
Budget Committee has opted to send a request for funds from the
Loudon County Education Foundation back to the county school
board for consideration.
At Monday afternoon's committee meeting, Loudon County Mayor
Doyle Arp said his office had received a request for funds from
the foundation. "Basically what they want is $16,000," he said
adding whatever the committee wanted to do was alright with him.
Loudon County Schools opted to no longer contribute to the
Education Foundation after an opinion from the state that local
school boards cannot contribute to non-profit organizations. The
foundation traditionally has received contributions from both
the county schools and Lenoir City Schools.
Arp told the committee Director of Lenoir City Schools Wayne
Miller has consulted with Attorney Chuck Cagle who said the
state attorney general had released an opposing opinion, but
nether is binding. He said Rep. Jimmy Matlock wold be
introducing a bill to clarify the state policy on such
Committee member Commissioner Don Miller said the question on a
contribution should be returned to the school board. "They're
the ones who should be judging this," Miller said adding he had
no doubt the foundation does good work but he questioned the
practice of not paying for a school expense from school funds
but from the county general fund. He said he feared state
auditors would think the county was playing games, which he said
could be a concern at the yearly audit.
Committee member Commissioner Harold Duff said the main thing
was to ask if the Education Foundation is a good thing and if
they could survive without the money from the commission. "The
school board can judge the value of the effort," Miller said and
moved for the funding request to be sent to the school board for