A divided board of Union County commissioners voted Monday to ask an outsider to look at the Union County Schools’ budget request for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The school system has requested a $16.3 million budget increase, and a majority of commissioners has said the money is not available.
With the jobs of several hundred teacher assistants hanging in the outcome, large crowds of parents have attended a series of public meetings in recent weeks, lobbying commissioners to approve the budget package.
Instead, in a 3-2 vote, commissioners decided to ask an outside consultant to study the budget plan. That consultant then will report back to commissioners. County officials are not sure what the study will cost.
Voting for hiring the consultant were Jerry Simpson, Todd Johnson and Jonathan Thomas. Voting against were Tracy Kuehler and Kim Rogers.