Carter Co. Schools passes balanced budget

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After starting the budget cycle with a $1.2 million deficit, Carter County Schools is back on solid ground. 

The school system presented a balanced budget to the county’s budget committee last night. 

Carter County Schools Superintendent said the Board of Education approved the budget last week. 

This marks the eighth straight year the school system has presented a balanced budget, which will be voted on at a future county commission meeting. 

“We’ve been able to balance the budget and not ask the county for any additional money for the past eight years,” Dr. Ward said. “This is from the cuts we’ve been able to make.”

Dr. Ward says the current budget includes a three-percent raise for paraprofessionals and a 1.5 percent raise for teachers. 

Teachers were expected to get a point-six percent raise after additional BEP money flowed in, according to Dr. Ward, but the Board voted last week to allocate money to move the raise by nearly one percent. 

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