Last month the Homer Rutherford Learning Academy looked as if it were no more. Funding was just not there to maintain and staff the building. It looked as if it was going to be moved on the campus of Campbell County Comprehensive High School.
Now, thanks to an adjustment of Basic Education Program (BEP) funds, it appears to have been saved. At the July meeting of the Campbell County Board of Education it was announced that the adjustment gave the county slightly in excess of $190,000 to apply to the school system.
One thing that was voted on and approved at the meeting was that they would have to hire a new principal. This administrative position will be on a ten month contract and the exact cost will not be known until hired due to such factors as level of education and years of experience. The previous principal, Sandy Comer Wilson was transferred to LaFollette Middle School when the Homer Rutherford Learning Academy was initially closed.
Director of Schools Jennifer Fields was pleased with the reopening of the school. She spoke of how the school board and central office strive to always do what is in the best interest of the students and that this was the most beneficial thing they could do with the additional funding.
The Basic Education Program (BEP) is the funding formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to Tennessee schools. The Board annually reviews and approves school system allocations generated through the BEP formula.