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"Smiling faces are back in the building," says Principal Bobby Elrod. "It's good for it not to be empty anymore."
Principal Elrod is excited to have his students back, even if it's over a week later than planned.
"We knew it was inevitable that we would start school one day," says Principal Elrod. "Just never knew when it was going to be."
Parents like Sarah Andrews are happy as well. Her daughters are starting kindergarten and 2nd grade.
"I think she's excited to go to school with her sister," says Andrews.
Beginning the year with the budget still up in the air is not the way she wanted to start.
"I'm glad for the routine of it," says Andrews. "I'm still a little disappointed that the Commission hasn't fully funded our budget."
Unless more money is released, Sumner County Schools will need to cut $2 million from their budget. Some parents worry their favorite teachers could be victims.
"Yes we are," says Andrews. "And they're like family so it's hard."
Administrators are still optimistic.
"What I've been talking to my teachers about is just hoping that they find some more money," says Principal Elrod. "Or we'll have to work the budget in a different way so it will effect the budget as least as possible."
Until then, there's plenty of catching up to do. The Sumner County School Board will also determine how to make up the 8 missed school days on the calendar. The state requires that they have 180 total school days.
Thursday, August 16 2012, 07:49 PM CDT
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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