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Memorial Day Closings
Cumberland County Solid Waste Department Tuesday May 31, 2016

All Cumberland County convenient centers and recycle centers will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday May 30th.

 


New Drug Testing Policy Undergoes First Reading
Friday May 27, 2016

The first reading for changing the drug testing policy was approved at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. This policy would add students who park on school campus to be added to the drug testing pool in addition to students in extracurricular activities. According to policy committee member and 2nd district representative Richard Janeway, the school is required to provide an education, not parking or extracurricular privileges. This is why the school system is allowed to administer drug tests. This policy will come before the board for a second reading at next month’s meeting.

 


BOE Approves 2016-2017 Budget
Friday May 27, 2016

The Cumberland County Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 budget at Thursday night’s meeting. The next step is to send the budget to the Cumberland County Commission for approval. There was a bit of discussion over this subject, but the budget was finalized as presented by Mr. Travis Isaacson so they could meet their deadline with the Commission. The budget had to be given to County Commission by June 9th, or else the school system risked only receiving the minimum amount, as happened with the previous year. This year’s budget shows there will be an $880,812 shortfall. Upon the approving vote for the budget, Boardmember Bowman asked Mr. Isaacson to stress to the Commission the importance of the capital outlet projects present in the budget, as they have been postponed for six years.

 


Consolidated Funding Application
Friday May 27, 2016

At Thursday night’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, Mr. Dan Schlafer made a brief presentation to the board regarding the Consolidated Funding Application for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Schlafer said that Cumberland County’s application has already been approved on the state department level, which is apparently unheard of this early. Through this application, the Cumberland County school system will receive $4,025,000 for Special Education, and the IDEA program. The Board voted to also approve the application.

 


April 2016 County Unemployment Rates
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting Newz Friday May 27, 2016

County unemployment rates for April 2016, released today, show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in two, and remained the same in three counties.

Cumberland County’s April unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from the March rate of 5.4 percent. That reflects a 2.3 percent decrease from the April 2015 rate of 7.0 percent.

For the month of April, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.0 percent, down from March’s rate of 3.1 percent. Knox County was 3.2 percent in April, down from 3.4 the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0 in March. Shelby County was 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for April was 4.3 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.0 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

 

 

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