Oak Ridge schools out of danger after board of education vote

Oak Ridge schools out of danger after board of education vote

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OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Oak Ridge Schools are out of danger after an important vote by the board of education. 

Board members voted unanimously Monday to approve a transfer of $250,000 from the city to the school system. Last week, the city council approved the money transfer.

Leaders had until October 1 to put more money in the school budget or they would have lost nearly $2 million a month in state funding.

As previously reported on 6 News, officials said Oak Ridge Schools were notified in August by the State Department of Education about failing the maintenance of effort test that requires local funding to remain at least the same from year to year.

Tennessee law requires local governments fund local school systems by at least the same amount each year.

The budget had to be amended by Sept. 30 in order to address the shortfall. Two school board meetings are still required to approve the new budget.

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