Tazewell County Supervisors will be asked to give the school system an additional $500,000 June 25.
The school board voted to ask for the additional funds during its June meeting. Deputy Superintendent Chris Stacy said the money is needed to give employees a raise and enable the board to fund an EMT program at the Tazewell County Career and Technical Center.
The county’s budget committee and administrator met with the school board’s budget committee and Stacy about the possibility of adding the EMT program earlier this year. At that meeting the supervisors agreed to let the school system keep any funds it had left from the current budget.
The board of supervisors voted earlier this month to fund the school system for the same amount it received last year, $12,188,586. Board of Supervisors Chairman Travis Hackworth said they would consider additional funds for the school system once the final budget was approved.
The school board voted to approve its final budget of $63,649,828 and will send it to the county for approval at the June 25 meeting. The budget includes both a step increase and a 3% hike for employees. Stacy said the system did well with its self-funded health insurance .
Deidra Hill, who led the insurance committee, said the system would continue with the coverage it currently has.
The supervisors met earlier this month and held a public hearing on the county budget. The supervisors originally adjourned until June 27, but County Administrator Eric Young polled them last week and moved the meeting up two days to give the school system additional time to adjust its budget before the start of the new fiscal year.