State Board Approves Intervention in Sumter County Schools

The Alabama Board of Education voted Tuesday to financially intervene in two school systems, one of which is Sumter County School District.

The Birmingham News reported that state education officials say they're having to do it because of lagging tax revenues and budget cuts from the state.

Sumter County school superintendent, Dr. Fred Primm, told Newscenter 11 by phone that the state board has a fiduciary responsibility to act if any district is not able to make payroll. Primm says Sumter County is making payroll at this time, but there's the possibility in coming months that it might not be able to do so.

Other school districts could face the same situation, if the state education budget is cut further.

Primm says Sumter County is more fortunate than some districts in that it has surplus property that could be sold to generate funds, if needed.

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

The Birmingham News said that Choctaw, Coosa, Marengo, Perry, and Tuscaloosa counties are currently having to borrow money to make monthly payroll.

A link to the full Birmingham News article is provided below.

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