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Hamilton Co. school board budget presented to county commissioners

The balanced budget totals $372 million. In addition to that, the board is asking for $24 million more from the county using a priority list. (Image: WTVC)

The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) spent Tuesday morning presenting its budget to Hamilton County Commissioners, in the first of three planned budget workshops.

Click 'play' above to watch the hearing in full.

Tuesdsay's workshop focused on education.

"It's about 61% of our budget so it's extremely important that we get it right," said Mayor Jim Coppinger, who led the session.

NewsChannel 9 streamed the hearing live on Facebook:

School board members voted to finalize the budget last week. 8 out of 9 members voted for the budget. Board member Rhonda Thurman voted against it.

The balanced budget totals $372 million.

In addition to that, the board is asking for $24 million more from the county using a priority list.

That list has 3 tiers.

The first tier is for $13 million - including things like art teachers, literacy programs, technology upgrades and more.

Commission Tim Boyd tells NewsChannel 9 he believes the high priority items have a low chance of passing.

"I was going through their priority list and making 'X' marks on it all during the presentation," Boyd said.

Here are the key dates on the budget calendar:

There will be another hearing next week.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates when they become available.


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