Hamilton County Schools superintendent presents $448 million proposed budget

Discussion on the Hamilton County Schools' proposed budget presented Monday night focused on employee compensation, which makes up about 78% of the district's budget.

The $448 million budget is priority-based, meaning it's centered on the district's priorities rather than the funding source, Deputy Superintendent Sonia Stewart said.

"This is intended to remind us all that money comes to us from different sources," Stewart said.

That includes the state and local dollars that fund the general purpose budget, as well as federal grants and relief funds that can be strategically used to fund the district's priorities, she said.

The proposed budget shifts to the general purpose budget 25.4 positions that were previously funded using coronavirus relief funds. Those positions are mainly counselors and nurses, as well as a bus video coordinator, tech integration coaches and instructional coaches.