Teachers win in county school budget

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Bedford County School Board's working 2018 budget includes more money for teachers.

The state's Basic Education Program (BEP) funding will include more money for some teachers. The total BEP allocation is $47.69 million.

BEP is the funding formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to Tennessee schools. The funds generated by the BEP are what the state has defined as sufficient to provide a basic level of education for Tennessee students. This basic level of funding includes both a state share of the BEP and a local share of the BEP.

Matching funds

Under the state formula, many but not all teacher positions are funded through the BEP. The state-funded average salary will increase 4 percent from $44,430 to $46,225. However, the local district typically gives all teachers the same percentage increase, even those not funded through the state.

Bedford County would match $12.23 smillion to the BEP funds.

The budget calls for two additional bus drivers and routes, Embry said. The transportation department had asked for four drivers and routes, and it's possible the extra positions could be added as a budget amendment later in the year.

The school board and the county commission will have to approve the proposed 2018 budget by July 1 when the new fiscal year starts. The next budget workshop will be Tuesday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at the Central Office.