The Dickson County School Board voted to rescind its 1999 agreement to make annual debt payments to the county and made no changes to its budget proposal during a special meeting Tuesday. Board members are hoping the end of the debt payment agreement will prompt the Dickson County Commission to change its mind about withholding $800,000 from the school system budget when it is expected to take a final vote on all county budgets Monday night. Should the commission move ahead with diverting the funds into debt service, the board will wait to see whether the Tennessee Department of Education approves the budget for meeting the Maintenance of Effort agreement to keep education funding at the same level. School officials have been saying for several years that the requirements of the 1999 agreement to maintain the school system’s share of local tax revenues have not been fulfilled. “The resolution’s not valid and that’s my opinion,” board Chairman Tim Potter said Tuesday. County Technical Advisory Service finance consultant Marty Spears, who informed the commission of its authority to designate school funds for debt service last week, told the board Tuesday that his opinion was based primarily on the existence of the 1999 agreement. Spears said had the agreement not been in place or have been previously ended, the county commission’s Budget Committee would not have had the authority to divert the funds. Brad Davis, a finance consultant with the Tennessee Department of Education, said if the state department determines the county’s budget does not meet the MOE standard, it could begin withholding state education funds Oct. 15, which Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks said would force the school system to shut down. The board discussed several options of changing the budget to fully or partially account for the anticipated $800,000 reduction, but in the end decided not to make any changes. Board Vice Chairman Kirk Vandivort said with the 1999 agreement rescinded prior to final approval of the county’s budget, the commission should reinstate the $800,000 when it meets Monday night.