Revised Hamilton County School budget reduces teacher raises, technology upgrades
Hamilton County school officials presented a revised budget to school board members on Thursday night.
The proposed budget now seeks $410-million in funding instead of $443-million, which was denied by the Hamilton County Commission on June 26 in a 5-4 vote.
Still, due to growth in property tax collections, the school system will receive $20 million more in funding compared to last year's budget.
The original budget would have led to a property tax increase for county residents.
The revised budget includes cutting pay raises for teachers from 5% to 2.5%. It also includes the addition of four VW Labs instead of the eight that were originally proposed and would eliminate technology upgrades for some students.
Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson told board members that this is just the initial presentation of the revised budget and more changes could be made.
The school board will meet next week to continue discussing the 2019-2020 budget.
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