Rep. Sargent Secures $2.9 Million for Williamson County Schools

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Tennessee’s House Finance, Ways & Means Chair, Rep. Charles Sargent (R) of Franklin, has secured $2.9 million in additional funding for Williamson County Schools, an unexpected blessing for a rapidly growing school system that is perennially underfunded.

Williamson County Schools Director Mike Looney says the Basic Education Program (BEP) that dictates education funding by county does not effectively address needs for counties like Williamson that are growing quickly and performing at the highest level. As Finance Chair, Rep. Sargent found a way to cover a significant portion of Williamson County’s shortfall.

funding for williamson county schools“Rep. Sargent really saved the day on this. We were short $4.7 million, and he found a creative way to recover more than 60 percent of it,” Dr. Looney said. “Our legislative delegation pointed to Charles as the budget expert, he was the general in charge and we all followed his lead. He is uniquely positioned and has the budget experience and credibility to find these unorthodox opportunities. It’s a tremendous benefit for Williamson County to have Charles Sargent in that Finance Chair role.”

Rep. Sargent says education funding is a constant battle among 95 counties, but that he is dedicated to fighting for Williamson County’s fair share. Thanks to a $600+ million state budget surplus in 2016, Sargent worked closely with Governor Bill Haslam to make appropriations.

“There’s nothing more important to our future than our school system, and I am constantly fighting to provide them with the resources they need to continue delivering exceptional results,” Sargent said. “We identified funds that could be used for education, and directed a significant amount of that to Williamson County.”

Charles Sargent represents the 61st House District, which includes key portions of Williamson County, in the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition to his leadership of Finance, Ways & Means, Sargent is vice-chair of the Joint Pensions and Insurance Committee and a member of the House Insurance and Banking, Calendar and Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review committees.

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