Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:11:38 GMT
(WMC) - A tug-of-war over pre-K funding gripped the Shelby County Commission for well over an hour Wednesday. Some commissioners want to dedicate $3 million in surplus money and another $3 million in generalMore >>
A tug-of-war over pre-K funding gripped the Shelby County Commission for well over an hour Wednesday.More >>
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(WMC) - The Shelby County Election Commission found a compromise in their latest pre-K funding battle.
Monday, the commission approved $3 million in surplus dollars to go to pre-K through the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation, which will distribute the funds to ensure they're used for pre-K.
Originally, the commission considered a plan to fund pre-K with $6 million. Mayor Mark Luttrell asked the commission to wait and do a study before committing $3 million.
The two sides met in the middle Monday and the commission voted to lower the amount from $6 million to $3 million.
"I think we can still work within this compromise to get what's needed. I think that's sustainability and a good plan," said Luttrell.
All elementary schools will get a share according to average daily attendance. This includes the municipal school districts that have not yet set up its pre-K programs.
Among those who made a plea to commissioners for the money was seventh grader Karmen Winters and her mother, Rosemary—a school resource teacher at Downtown Elementary School.
"I said I think pre-K is important to me, because when I was in pre-K, it basically taught me my reading skills, and it taught me what I needed to know for kindergarten," said Karmen.
"I am so happy the amendment passed for our students so we can continue to have pre-K classes in the Shelby County [Schools] district," said Rosemary.
Shelby County's pre-K program is designed to help 4 year olds who have been identified as educationally and economically at risk.
"We're talking about two dozen more pre-K classrooms, roughly," Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy said.
Mid-South parents WMC Action News 5 spoke with after the funding passed committee last week, say they support pre-K because it helps make sure children are ready for kindergarten and gives them a head start for the rest of their education.
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Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
(WMC) - A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of this 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, whoMore >>
A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:39:25 GMT
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death.More >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:30:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:37:13 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
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