No school opening in sight for Sumner County

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) -- There is no indication when public school classes will begin in Sumner County, despite an additional $2.2 million appropriation by the County Commission.

Commissioners approved the funding Monday, but schools officials had said they needed $7.6 million additional dollars to operate the school system.

The Tennessean reported Schools Director Del Phillips said the schools will remain closed indefinitely. Classes had been scheduled to begin this week.

As commissioners passed the additional funding, they added an amendment that if schools did not open immediately, they would contact state education officials or file suit to force school officials to open them.

Phillips said no special board meetings are scheduled to respond.

Commissioner Joe Matthews called the stalemate a political move by the board of education.

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