Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600Travis Reeves, superintendent for Surry County Schools, told NC Policy Watch that he had to eliminate 10.5 teacher assistant positions and 13 teaching positions this year through attrition.

Reeves said that the class size increases are also taking a big toll on teachers.

Surry County has been able to use some local and carryover funds to mitigate the cut to instructional supplies, but “we are extremely frugal at this point,” said Reeves.

During the past five years, Surry County has had to eliminate more than 100 instructional positions thanks to budget cuts.

Surry County joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts as the 2013-14 school year approaches.


While the debate rages on about whether or not North Carolina’s General Assembly actually made damaging cuts to public schools with the 2013-15 budget, NC Policy Watch is keeping a running tally of education funding cuts that local school districts are coping with as they open up for the 2013-14 academic year.

The list below links to stories in local media that detail the funding cuts at the school district level. The information in these stories is subject to change. This list will be continually updated; if you have a report to add, please email lindsay@ncpolicywatch.com.


  • 17 teaching positions lost;
  • 35 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • 2 assistant principal positions lost;
  • 3 directors lost;
  • 4 student-support psychologist positions lost;
  • $1.6 million in cuts for classroom supplies, technology and staff development [The Times News]

Brunswick County:

  • 19 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • Instructional supplies reduced by $48,407; planning to restore with local funds.  However, the per pupil amount will likely decrease slightly because we have the same amount of funding and anticipate more students.  [Officials from Brunswick County Public Schools]


Buncombe County:

  • 24 teacher assistants lost;
  • Teacher assistants who remain will face reduced hours and days on the job. [Black Mountain News]

Burke County

  • $1.35 million budget reduction;
  • 43.5 teaching positions eliminated;
  • 2 instructional support positions eliminated. [The News Herald]

Cabarrus County:

  • In May, the system laid off 129 teacher assistant positions; they have been able to restore only 22, resulting in a loss of 107 teacher assistants. [The Hickory Record]

Caldwell County:

  • 43 teaching positions lost;
  • 30 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • 2 instructional support positions lost;
  • Class sizes will increase from one to three students per class;
  • Funding for textbooks was cut by 77 percent, a $634,000 reduction;
  • Funding for instructional supplies – which covers basic supplies such as paper and pencils – was cut by 51 percent, a reduction of $374,000. [The News-Topic]

Camden County:

  • Camden will lose funding for six teaching positions and four teacher assistant positions;
  • Superintendent Hawkins said he plans to fund his district’s teaching and teacher assistant positions that the state will not be paying for this year. [The Daily Advance]

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools

  • 220 teacher assistant positions lost;
  • Reduced hours and days for teacher assistants;
  • Reduction for instructional supplies. [CMS 2013-14 Budget Report]

Cleveland County

  • 50-60 teaching positions will likely be eliminated;
  • 30 teacher assistant positions eliminated;
  • Dozens of teacher assistants should expect reduced hours. [Shelby Star]

Clinton City Schools:

  • 10 teacher positions lost;
  • $238k reduction in teacher assistant funding; and
  • 51% reduction in funding for instructional supplies.
  • The Clinton City Board of Education has not yet decided if local funds can plug some of the holes. [The Sampson Independent]

Craven County:

  • 5 teacher assistants will be laid off;
  • Additional 19 percent funding reduction for jobs next year and a spending freeze on all teacher assistant positions [WCTI12.com]

Cumberland County:

Edenton-Chowan Schools:

  • Facing a reduction in state funding of $831,385;
  • May cut as many as 8½ teaching positions;
  • May cut 8 teacher assistant positions;
  • Also faces a 50 percent reduction in funding of classroom materials — it received $132,631 last year, versus $64,926 this year;
  • 78 percent reduction in funding of textbooks. [The Daily Advance]

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools:

  • 19.5 teaching positions cut;
  • 14 teacher assistant positions cut;
  • One instructional support position cut;
  • $4,000 in funds used for the English as a Second Language program cut for 2013-14. [The Daily Advance]

Franklin County

  • 23 teacher assistant positions lost over the past five years;
  • Cuts to instructional supplies and other areas TBD

Gaston County

  • 50 teacher assistant positions eliminated, on top of 50 lost teacher assistant positions cut last year;
  • 31 of those positions were actual layoffs; 19 others were moved to disadvantaged schools thanks to the availability of federal funds earmarked for those schools;
  • It is possible that seven TAs will be rehired at the start of the school year. [Gaston Gazette]

Guilford County:

  • No TAs cut in exchange for all 1,300 teacher assistants losing 7 paid workdays. [News & Record]

Iredell-Statesville Schools:

Onslow County:

  • 169 positions will not be funded for teachers, teacher assistants and instructional support. [WITN.com]

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools:

Perquimans County:

  • 6.5 teaching positions lost;
  • 5 teacher assistants lost;
  • Funding of classroom materials cut to $52,548. Perquimans had been planning on receiving about $107,000, based on student enrollment projections for the upcoming year;
  • Textbook funding will also be reduced to $26,000. [The Daily Advance]

Randolph County:

  • All teacher assistants will take a 6% reduction in salaries next year;
  • The county will also use remaining textbook funding to try to cover remediation and staff development;
  • Instructional supplies will take a hit. [The Courier-Tribune]

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District

Rowan-Salisbury Schools:

  • More than 80 positions will be lost;
  • $600,000 cut to instructional supplies. [Salisbury Post]

Scotland County

  • 45 teacher assistant positions eliminated, which includes 25 layoffs;
  • All TAs will see their salaries reduced to 82 percent of what they would normally receive;
  • Other bookkeeping, custodial and finance positions will be eliminated. [The Laurinburg Exchange]

Stanly County

  • Teacher assistants hours cut by 30 minutes each day;
  • Four teacher assistant positions will be eliminated;
  • One custodian position and one receptionist position will be eliminated
  • Textbooks will be reduced by $75,000. [The Stanly News and Press]

Surry County

  • 10.5 teacher assistant positions eliminated;
  • 13 teaching positions eliminated;
  • Class size increases are taking a toll on teachers;
  • More than 100 instructional positions lost during the past five years. [Travis Reeves, Surry County Schools Superintendent]


  1. Jack

    August 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s remotely true.

  2. Homer

    August 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    People can come up with statistics to prove anything, Lindsay. 14% of people know that.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Your boy’s at the Goodmon propaganda machine have some good places to start in finding places to pull money in to offset your phantom “cuts”…check some of the links for some of the other rich perks. This is where your teacher pay REALLY goes.


  4. LayintheSmakDown

    August 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  5. gregflynn

    August 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    LayinTheSpamDown. The question is not why superintendents get paid market rates, but why teachers don’t get paid more. So the free market is supposed to work for inexperienced PolSci grads but not for experienced educators?

  6. Alan

    August 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I wonder if Doogie has the same issue/concerns about CEO compensation as he does about public school superintendent compensation?

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    August 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

    as a member of the “stockholder” base of the government schools I have a problem with the rich perks of the superintendents when they cry they do not get enough money. As a stockholder, if I feel a CEO is not living up to his pay package and mismanaging the company then I vote against him in the annual meeting voting process. Oh….and the CEO, if I am not invested in that company is not using MY money, the school “CEO” IS using MY money.

    So Alan…….the same can be said for all on this board….why would you begrude a CEO that you have no vested interest in and not the over priced administrator who IS using OUR money to cry poverty when that is FAR from the truth.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    August 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Here is Brunswick County supporting the schools on the local level……as it should be. These school systems are being built on a solid foundation at the local level where the value is more easily seen. One more nail in the coffin of the “dismantling” meme that you guys are trying to perpetuate.


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