Tough Times Squeezing Alabama School Districts

By: The Birmingham News
By: The Birmingham News

Sumter County is among Alabama school districts facing possible financial intervention from the state.

That's according to an article published in today's Birmingham News.

State officials said it was not because of mismanagement, but lack of tax revenue and cuts because of proration.

It reported Sumter County needs about $900,000 to get out of the red and make it through the rest of the fiscal year.

It also stated Sumter County is in a better position that some districts because it owns vacant surplus property it can sell.

Officials say no system has been left untouched by proration.

A link to the entire article by Marie Leach is provided below.

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  • by Deon on Jul 13, 2010 at 05:05 PM
    Well that's just perfect. Putting the state in financial charge of the Sumter County school district seems a bit ironic. I say this because Alabama's non-stop calls for proration is partially responsible for the lagging revenues. Come to think of it, I can't think of a time when Alabama wasn't in proration. When will Alabama take a look at the way it funds public schools and realize that things need to change?
  • by Terrell Location: Nelson on Jul 13, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    This is the price you pay when you have poor leadship. One thing I know is Mr. Dana Thomas know how to keep the people in touch with the school operation. Fire Dr. Primm!!!!
  • by jr on Jul 13, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    Looks like the state has already taken over.... The Alabama Board of Education voted today to financially intervene in Coosa and Sumter county schools,
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