“They do not have to move their accounts if they don’t want to. It’s an individual employee’s decision on if they want the contract moved,” Hall said.
Gordon also expressed his concerns with the board using a one-vendor approach when it was looking to change the benefits plan and said he felt they were locking out local businesses.
Director of Schools Mike Davis and Hall said that Rutherford County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Schools are on a one-vendor approach, and Hall said nine out of the 10 vendors dropped out because in negotiations, the employees indicated they didn’t want to pay additional fees with other vendors.
Also during the meeting, Davis said the county schools’ budget is expected to end the fiscal year with about $5 million in the general fund balance. Davis said the high number is due to more sales tax revenues in the county during this past year.
“We ended the year substantially better than we expected. We ended up with a windfall in sales taxes,” Davis said.
Davis attributed the increase in sales tax to the number of businesses that left OpryMills in Nashville to relocate at the Lebanon Premium Outlets after the May 1-2, 2010 floods.
But, in the coming year, Davis is still looking to save money by recalculating bus routes and consolidating routes to prevent overlap and save money on diesel fuel. Davis said many routes in the county have more than one bus traveling over them and by consolidating he estimated they could save more than $135,000.
“I believe it’s the right thing do to,” he said.
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