Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Wilkes County Schools loses eight teachers, seven teacher assistants

trackingCuts-web-600Wilkes County Schools reports that they have had to cut eight teaching positions, seven teacher assistant positions, three media assistants and 1.5 central office positions.

Wilkes’ Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot that thanks to state budget cuts over the past five years, the school district has lost of over 100 school positions, including 51 teacher assistants (from 126 in 2008-09 to 75 now), 35 certified teachers (from 484 ½ in 2008-09 to 449.25 now), 15½ central office administrative positions and three media assistants.

Even more positions would have been lost since 2008 if the Wilkes school system hadn’t been able to use federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as stimulus funding) and the Race To The Top initiative to compensate for cuts in state and local funding.

Wilkes County Schools joins a growing list of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts for the 2013-14 school year thanks to reductions in state-level education spending.

4 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    September 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    It is sad that the democrat party in power for most of the time the superintendent is referencing took those steps to dismantle Wilkes County schools. Those 92 positions are sadly gone…..where was Lindsay when this was happening? Oh, I know….Blueprint is not out to evicerate those of you guys’ chosen party, or to actually shine the light on democrat “destruction”. It is just an issue now that the NCGA has to come in and clean up all the messes and mismangement.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    September 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    You guys, Wilkes also has a 43% ($6.8 million) fund balance available. There is plenty there if they REALLY needed the 8 teachers, that would only eat into it to the tune of $300,000 or so. Or they could get rid of a couple of highly paid administrators…..I know you guys are open to that in DHHS, why not shine that light on the schools too?

  3. Alex

    September 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    It’s time for the Abbott and Costello show when you dare to mention fund balances !

  4. Jim Wiseman

    September 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

    If they cut that many, they weren’t managing their budget very well to begin with.