Carter County schools say its solved their nearly $300k budget deficit

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A Tri-Cities school system says its solved a nearly $300 thousand budget deficit but the changes won’t come easy.

The announcement came during Thursday’s Carter County Board of Education Workshop. They plan to eliminate the deficit by cutting textbook funds and removing three positions.

But board members say more cuts are still possible. Four assistant principals, one from each county high school, eight teachers and one school counselor face potential job cuts.  

Another topic of debate, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ward’s proposal to hire an independent firm to solve the recurring long-term budget deficit. 

That study could cost the county as much as $160,000. 

Carter County Commissioner Nancy Brown told board members there is no need to spend money on something they can solve themselves. 

The school board will vote to approve the budget and look at moving forward with that independent study at it’s next meeting next Tuesday. 

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