Lenoir Commissioners fully fund schools, pass budget and end contention

Lenoir Commissioners fully fund schools, pass budget and end contention (Image 1)

In Lenoir County, commissioners passed the 2015-2016 budget 6 to 1.

It comes with controversy between commissioners, the school district, and community members. 

The commissioners decided not to approve Lenoir County Public Schools’ request for additional money for its iPad program.

There’s also been talk about the possible relocation of North Lenoir High and Frink Middle School.

WNCT 9 On Your Side reached out to the school system, which reassures parents only the Board of Education can approve school changes. 

The contention lasted all weekend; commissioners and school board members met to hash out details which resulted in a deal (fully-funded schools, without $300,000 advance for its iPad program).

On Thursday, all but two, Commissioner Eric Rouse and Mac Daugherty voted to cut the school’s budget by $197,000.

Discussion flared on Facebook and local newspapers, most disappointed with the move.

“I was prepared to fight you,” a parent said. 

A quarter-cent sales tax remains on the table; commissioners say they will discuss it soon.

“It’s an uphill battle.” Chairman Craig Hill said.

Similar proposed haven’t passed twice before. Out of Monday’s agreement, the Board of Education also agreed to examine ways to tighten their belts and increase efficiencies.

The Board is scheduled to meet Monday evening. 

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