Now that Lauderdale County Schools are back in session, district leaders say this is going to be a another tough year to stay within an already tight budget.
According to Superintendent Randy Hodges, the challenge is making sure the students are getting a quality education despite the budget constraints. Hodges says his focus and that of the district is classroom instruction. He believes teachers are the most important element. However, he says the district can't have everything it wants for the students.
"We want the best facilities and the best environment. We want all the programs that are necessary and our kids deserve. We can't have everything that we would like to have. With that in mind, we have to have priorities. We have to plan. We have to make sure that the money that we do have and do spend is spent wisely. I think we do an excellent job of that," said Randy Hodges.
Hodges says the district hasn't had to made cuts to any extracurricular programs at any of the schools.