County commissioners discuss education budget

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hamilton County is starting its budget talks, and today County Mayor Jim Coppinger held the first round of meetings.

On Tuesday, commissioners focused on Education.

The School Board approved a balanced budget.

But it also created a list of things they called high priority, totaling an additional $24 million.

Currently, about 70 percent of the budget goes toward paying teachers.

But School Board members say Hamilton County is losing these educators to neighboring counties, and need to give them a pay increase to stay competitive.

Mayor Coppinger says he’d like to see more people come out to these public meetings.

“It is really important that the public understands the reality as opposed to what the perceptions are about our public school system and we certainly welcome everyone to participate,” says Mayor Coppinger.

The next budget meeting is on May 16th.

That’s when commissioners will discuss the general budget

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