The “school voucher system would not be good for Campbell County” – Commissioner Rusty Orick
By Charlotte Underwood
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – At Monday’s workshop, Commissioner Rusty Orick brought up the issue of school vouchers and said he felt that the commission should “draw up a resolution in opposition of school vouchers.”
Orick said the “school voucher system would not be good for Campbell County” and that he would have the resolution drafted to be voted on at next Monday’s meeting.
“The county commission is in charge of the finances for the whole county. The school’s are in great shape, but that could turn around over night if this goes through,” Orick said.
He said the voucher system would negatively impact the county.
“This will be the beginning of the end of public education. It would be very very hard on us to fund if it’s on that level. We would lose money if we lost children enrolled in our schools,” Orick said.
He said he was not against private schools, but that he was “old school” and that “this country was built on public education.”
“For the majority of small counties, it will put a burden on us. You take state tax dollars and you fund private entities. My point arguing with this is that Campbell County has a good school system. I’m a county commissioner, and I get contacted about this from my district. The public does not want this. The public wants a public education,” Orick said.
Commissioner Zach Marlow suggested that the resolution that gets drafted show the financial impact that school vouchers will have on Campbell County.
“At the end of the day, the financial impact on this county won’t be good,” Marlow said.
Commissioner Dewayne Kitts said he too opposed school vouchers and wanted the resolution in opposition to the school vouchers to also be sent to Representative Dennis Powers and State Senator Ken Yager and other state legislatures.
“I support the resolution, and I’m in support of our Campbell County teachers,” Kitts said.
Commissioners will vote on this resolution at next Monday’s meeting. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2023-6AM)