Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Brunswick County educators get $1,000 bonuses to offset state education budget cuts

trackingCuts-web-600This week brings news of a bright spot (depending on how you look at it?) amid all of the local education budget cuts we’ve been reporting: Brunswick County educators will receive one-time, $1,000 bonuses to offset state budget cuts.

The AP reports that the Brunswick County Board of Education approved an increase in employee salary supplements and the one-time bonus during a board retreat last week. School officials say the bonuses will be paid in November.

Brunswick’s Finance Officer Freyja Cahill says the supplement schedule is competitive and will be used as a recruiting tool and to help prevent employees from leaving.

Brunswick County had to eliminate 19 teacher assistant positions this year and deal with cuts to instructional supplies.

Check out our growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts for the 2013-14 school year.


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


  • 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;
  • One-time, $1,000 bonuses to offset state budget cuts.
  • 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, Associated Press]


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 []

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. []

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:

  • 88 positions will eliminated;
  • 50 teaching positions cut;
  • 17 teacher assistant positions cut;
  • Class size formula increased by one student;
  • $400,000 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. LayintheSmakDown

    September 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Well blow me down, reporting on some of the good the localities are doing to partner with the NCGA funding increases to education is a new turn on this site! I hope you continue to highlight some of the good these bodies are trying to do. It would certainly bring a slight bit of credibility to this site.

  2. gregflynn

    September 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

    “Go over to the Policy Crotch and you see maybe 5 people who contribute…and that is when I am trolling and trying to tick them off. ” – Doug aka LayintheSmakDown, self-confessed vulgar right-wing troll.

  3. Alan

    September 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm


    I assume you’re refering to your constant 4.8% increase comment? The only folks on this planet that believe NC education funding has increased are the spinmasters at Civitas, JLF and the Gov’s interns.

  4. Gene Hoglan

    September 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Oh wow a whole grand! I’m gonna buy a hammock!

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    September 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Hey Gene,
    If you don’t like that amount….feel free to donate to the Brunswick schools to up the ante. I am sure they would be glad to take your money.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    September 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    greggy….we are only up to three posters. I am disappointed.

  7. gregflynn

    September 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    “As far as the Policy Crotch, it is fun to troll them over there” – Doug aka LayintheSmakDown, self-confessed vulgar right-wing troll.

  8. david esmay

    September 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    LSD, stop taking the brown acid.

  9. Alan

    September 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    LayDowntheCrackPipe is outraged at the non-existent “slush funds” he ranted about the last few days, then proceeds to applaud Brunswick County school system for spending money. I wonder what those nasty government employees will do with ALL that money?

    Go figure…… up is down, down is up in GOP land.

  10. LayintheSmakDown

    September 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Here is an article on how we were led down this path by previous progresso/liberal regimes. I did not link to the study as the pdf is large and may jam you computer…but feel free to peruse if you are curious.

    According to the report the democrat party decimated spending…and the current NCGA is having to dig out of a huge fiscal hole

    •Median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditures dropped by 3.4 percent between 2010 and 2011. It was among the largest statewide decreases in education spending during this period.
    •In 2010, North Carolina ranked 42nd in median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditure ($8,990)
    •In 2011, North Carolina ranked 43rd in median inflation-adjusted per-pupil expenditure ($8,684

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