MONCKS CORNER — The Berkeley County School Board voted 5-4 Tuesday to deny the first reading of the proposed $192.4 million budget.

Board Chairman Doug Cooper, who cast the deciding vote, said Wednesday that he didn't have an issue with the budget but he wanted to see the numbers on paper before approving it. Those documents are expected to be presented at a June24 public hearing.

Finance Director Brantley Thomas said he did not have the paperwork Tuesday because staff has been juggling anticipated state allocations and projected cuts.

As it stands now, Thomas said the district is looking at a roughly $1.8 million shortfall that he proposed balancing with a surplus in the current year's budget.

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