By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees got their first look at the draft budget for the upcoming year during a work session held Tuesday. The outlook is not as bleak as in previous years when reductions in state funding, particularly the base student cost and other areas, affected it tremendously.
The 2016-17 proposed budget benefited greatly from increases in state funding and proceeds from the local option sales tax. According to Superintendent David Havird, the District is seeing growth return to previous levels, resulting in more students.
Anderson County is attracting industry, and in turn employees, by offering fee in lieu tax breaks. While the tax breaks are good for industry, school districts in which the industry locates receive less funding than they would have.