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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cocke County schools plan a three percent raise
Cocke County Director of Schools Manney Moore, appeared Tuesday evening before the Cocke County Finance Committee to talk about his proposed new budget. he said the document proposes a three percent raise for all school system employees. Moore said plans call for an armed security guard at each school next year, and two at each high school. Assistant Director of Schools Casey Kelley said discussions are continuing with state education officials regarding funding for enhanced school safety. "We are in the process of submitting the paperwork that the state is requiring to be eligible for the grant. Similar sized school systems have received around $100,000, and I wouldn't expect much more than that. The $25 million that the governor has set aside is for infrastructure improvement, not for personnel." According to Kelly, a similar sized school system, White County, has received $113,000 in new funding. There also will be additional funding through the Save Act which will increase by about $50,000 annually, for hiring one and a half new School Resource Officers. Members of the county legislative body recently were polled and want a special meeting of the legislative body after the August 2 election to vote on the budget. So a meeting for that purpose has been set for August 6. Commissioner Terry Dawson said he has been contacted by several constituents who support increased funding for part-time jail officers. There has been a proposal to cut the tax rate to $2.80 from the current $2.90, but Dawson said some taxpayers want five cents instead to be earmarked for resolving jail issues. Mayor Crystal Ottinger said she has been contacted by some non-profits who also would like increased funding because of increased costs for insurance and fuel.

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