More concerns about the delay of school opening were shared with the Cumberland County Board of Education during a lengthy work session Saturday morning.

Throughout the week, opposition to the motion has been heard from protesters on the courthouse lawn as well as the Cumberland County mayor in the form of a lawsuit. The school board hoped the work session would help the public better understand what the board is dealing with concerning the 2008-’09 school budget as well as what could happen if the county commission fails to provide a total of $13.9 million for education.

While Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle talked in great detail about what the state would cover under the Basic Education Program, board members such as 2nd District representative Robert Safdie asked for a complete list of support staff positions that could be on the line if cuts are made.

In addition, several individuals in the crowd questioned when school would start and if the BOE’s executive committee would consider allowing practice to take place for sports and other extracurricular activities while the budget crisis continues.

For more information about the work session, see Tuesday’s Crossville Chronicle.

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