KCS finalizes $424.9M budget without teacher raises

(WBIR) Knox County teachers will not get raises next year, in a decision finalized Wednesday night.

The Knox County Board of Education unanimously approved a $424.9 million spending plan, which was the amount appropriated by the Knox County Commission this year. However, that amount fell about $7.5 million short of the budget the district approved back in April.

"It's been a challenge, there's been lots of ups and down and new information that was typically not good news, in terms of revenues along the way," said Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

A change to the funding estimates meant KCS got about $3 million less than expected in state funding this year. The district asked the commission to cover that loss, plus an additional $4.5 million to offer teacher raises.

It didn't happen.

Instead, the district took raises off the table, and voted to eliminate some reserve positions and find other cost cutting measures.

"I think at the end of the day, while I think it's been very challenging, I think we've done our level best to create a budget that's going to allow us to continue to move forward with the great work our teachers are doing in our classrooms," McIntyre said Wednesday night.

During the meeting, the board also voted to approve:


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