Carter County Schools cuts deficit to 295 thousand dollars; school consolidation not off the table


The Carter County School System is working to find a way to deal with a nearly three thousand dollar deficit.

The  Carter County School Board faces the shortfall for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

The shortfall was trimmed from 1.2 million to $295,000 thousand dollars during Thursday nights budget session.

“We can no longer ignore the fact that the last couple years and the years coming ahead of us are going to be very challenging,” said Kevin Ward, Carter County Schools Superintendent.

A challenge the school board is trying to fix. The board talked about cutting a few positions, not clarifying which schools would be impacted or how many positions could be eliminated.

“We have had to look at some assistant principal positions, we had to look at some teaching positions and our capitol improvments program,” Ward said.

Ward says the school system is experiencing a decrease in revenue, correlated to the decrease in enrollment numbers.

“Since 1997-98 we have lost 1,340 kids,” he said.

The next step for the board would be hiring an indpendent group to help the board find other ways to cut spending and not off the table is a school consolidation plan.

“Basically what we are asking is for a company to come in and put a couple options on the table,” he said. “Looking to combine some schools… That helps us to reduce some of the duplications.”

The Carter County School Board will meet again on Thursday for their workshop, where they will continue to search for solutions on how to fix the deficit for the upcoming school year.

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