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Roane County Schools facing $3.5 million shortfall

(WBIR) Roane County's Board of Education held its first budget meeting Wednesday night as it prepares to deal with a massive money shortfall.

The school system has a $3.5 million deficit. The district's fund balance that it has used in previous years has run out, so it either has to increase revenue or cut programs.

Roane County's Director of Schools said for a system that size, a cut that big has a huge impact.

"We had a funding issue last year and we used our fund balance, to keep the programs that we had. You're talking about cutting SROs, student support, graduation coaches, the things that really make a system strong, and it's tough to do that," Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

He said the school district is working with the county commission to try to find other funding.

Last year, Roane County Commission voted down a property tax increase for the second year in a row. At that point the schools faced $1 million in cuts.

Roane County Schools has about 7,000 students.


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