By The Associated Press
JACKSON – Shortly after Cedrick Gray became superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, officials in his former district in Tennessee learned they had a budget deficit.
Fayette County Schools officials believe last year’s spending may have been up to $2 million over the $26 million budget. The general fund fell more than $1.3 million to $196,000, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
Officials learned about the low balance July 5, just over a month after Gray signed a three-year contract with Jackson Public Schools, which has longstanding money troubles.
Gray brought budget director Andrew Perpener to Jackson. They say the Fayette deficit had many causes, including fuel cost increases and a 1.6 percent raise for teachers that was ordered by the state but paid mostly by school districts.
JPS has problems with its own rainy day fund and recently asked the city for $3 million more than requested six weeks earlier by the interim superintendent.