Sumter County Schools Dealing with Deficit

Tough economic times have left a west Alabama school district to deal with a deficit. When fiscal 2009 ended last week, Sumter County School District was $95,000 in the hole.

"The bottom line is we just don't have any revenue coming in," said Sumter County superintendent, Dr. Fred Primm.

Despite this, the superintendent said the district is likely not in danger of being taken over by the state.

"Even if the state came in, they're going to experience the same problem that we don't have the revenue coming in," said Primm.

Dealing with lagging revenues and a total 20% cut in its budget from the state over the last two years, the district is taking steps to address the problem.

Just this week the Sumter County Board of Education voted to ask county commissioners to approve a special one percent sales tax to help the district. Primm said the district is looking at the possibility of selling some property.

"I think we're taking proper steps," said Primm.

Primm says a community and its schools are a partnership. He said the district will soon be able to provide an extra financial boost for the community once construction on the new $15 million consolidated high school starts at the end of October.


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