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County commission discusses more money to pre-K program

Millions of extra dollars are headed to the Shelby County Pre-K program, thanks to the county commission's tax rate discussion. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Millions of extra dollars are headed to the Shelby County Pre-K program, thanks to the county commission's tax rate discussion. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Millions of extra dollars are headed to the Shelby County pre-K program, thanks to the county commission's tax rate discussion.

"You find very few people who are opposed to pre-K," Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said.

The people who are against more money for pre-K say the county could better use that money on K-12.

Mayor Luttrell wants to see the county find a different way to run and fund pre-K.

"Two attempts have been made through referendum process and both have failed," the mayor said. "We have to find a different way to run the railroad. We have to build a program we can sustain over long term and have consensus around it."

Commissioner Steve Mulroy wanted to see any extra money go toward pre-K now and not later.

"Until we have that new way, why not expand the system we have now so that more kids can get pre-K? You can always change the system later on," Mulroy said.

"The system didn't request funding, didn't have a plan to expand pre-K, and has been doing good just to handle what they've got," Luttrell added.

The Shelby County Schools Board on Tuesday discussed its budget and Head Start in a special-called meeting.

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