Sumter school board meeting today at 5 p.m.

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 6/27/19

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has a called meeting this afternoon at 5 p.m. on next year's budget and other financial matters.

The first item on the meeting agenda is a public budget hearing. Another agenda highlight is the board's …

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Sumter school board meeting today at 5 p.m.

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Sumter School District's Board of Trustees has a called meeting this afternoon at 5 p.m. on next year's budget and other financial matters.

The first item on the meeting agenda is a public budget hearing. Another agenda highlight is the board's possible approval/adoption of next year's budget.

After Sumter County Council denied the district any millage increase on Tuesday night - even a 1.5-mill hike to cover a current $206,645 estimated shortfall - Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm, whose two-year term officially ends on Sunday, said Wednesday the board may approve the budget with the shortfall tonight. The district must ultimately wait for guidance from the state Department of Education on if

additional cuts should be made, but the timing from Tuesday's council meeting to tonight's board meeting limits the window for a response from the state.

The district has already made about $4.9 million in cuts to next year's budget, the majority of which has been through attrition and moving personnel around the district, and Hamm said it's probably a little too early to make additional cuts.

"Right now, we just have financial estimates," Hamm said. "We'll know more as we move on about exactly what our revenues are going to be and the benefits of the cuts that we have already made. We need a little better handle on some things before we make further cuts because that could have significant consequences for people's lives."

Tonight's meeting will be at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road, and like all board-related meetings is open to the public.