Blount County (Tenn.) Board of Education approves budget that eliminates 84 positions, including 29 layoffs

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Blount County Board of Education has approved an $81 million budget that eliminates 84 positions, including an estimated 29 layoffs.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Budget Committee — composed of Director of Schools Rob Britt, fiscal administrator Troy Logan and board Chairman Mike Treadway — presented the budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-14. Treadway made a motion to approve the budget, and Trevis Gardner seconded it.

The recommended budget was slightly different from a budget presented June 27. The school board approved an $81.3 million budget in that earlier meeting, which the County Budget Committee declined July 8 to pass over to the full County Commission.

Since the earlier meeting, school officials have reduced the number of eliminated high school teacher positions. They added back a Heritage High School computer science teaching position and a William Blount High School auto mechanics teaching position, reducing the total number from seven positions to five.

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