BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - The Sullivan County Board of Education unveiled their budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Residents came out to Blountville, Tennessee to hear how the board planned on dealing with the four percent revenue shortfall.
There were many cuts throughout the budget, but here are some of the highlights:
The board is proposing cutting 33 teacher's aid positions. These positions are part-time jobs without benefits.
Also recommended is the cutting of more than three hours a week for custodial and maintenance staff. Instead of working 40 hours a week, it is proposed they will only work 36.25 hours, saving the county over $500,000 in health care benefits.
The board also wants to save $400,000 dollars by not buying purchasing new textbooks in the upcoming year.
The driver's education program is also being put on the chopping block.
News 5 spoke with Sullivan County Director of Schools Jubal Yennie about the possible teacher's aid layoff. "Basically," he said, "we're [going to] reduce all the part time positions currently. What we're [going to] do is hire about 20 back, so we'll reapply for those."
This is not the final destination for the budget. Several school board committees will review the recommendations throughout the next week.