Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Stan Winborne of Granville County Schools reported to NC Policy Watch that they have had to eliminate 35 positions for 2013-14, although no one had to be laid off. They have also tried their best to reduce the negative impact on their students in the classroom.

The eliminated positions include:

4 Administrative positions
15 Instructional Support positions
8 Classroom Teacher positions
4 Classroom Teacher positions eliminated but services maintained through other means
4 Classroom Teacher positions planned but not filled

These cuts equal approximately $1.75 million dollars for the 2013-2014 school year.

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trackingCuts-web-600Angela Henry, CFO for Guilford County Schools (GCS), sent NC Policy Watch a full accounting of all of the cuts GCS has had to make as a result of state budget reductions and the accumulation of reductions in state funding over the last several years:

  • Increased class size by .25 =  a reduction of 37 teaching positions;
  • Eliminated $5.1 million in funding schools use for tutoring /instructional supplies/professional development/summer programs;
  • Eliminated mentor pay for teachers serving as mentors of first year teachers;
  • Eliminated seven middle school literacy facilitator positions; and
  • Reduced days of employment for teacher assistants and other paraprofessionals by 2.5 days.

Fortunately, GCS was able to place all impacted employees into vacant positions, so layoffs were not required.

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trackingCuts-web-600Asheville City Schools reported to NC Policy Watch that they lost funding for 13 teacher assistant teacher positions for 2013-14.

The school system was able to find local funds for 3.5 of those teacher assistant jobs, but ultimately had to eliminate 9.5 positions.

“We hope to restore those [eliminated positions] as soon as possible…we are scrubbing our budget to look for savings,” said Charlie Glazener, ACS’ Executive Director for Community Relations.

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Hickory Public Schools has had to make a long list of cuts thanks to the 2013-15 education budget passed by state lawmakers.

HPS officials reported the following list of cuts to NC Policy Watch:

  • Eliminated 12 teacher assistant positions
  • Eliminated 2 administrative services clerical positions
  • Froze 1 vacant position in the technology department
  • Eliminated 1 school clerical position
  • Reduced months of employment for grounds keeper maintenance position
  • Eliminated 2 data manager positions, Southwest and Longview to share position and Oakwood and HCAM to share position
  • Teacher assistants to work student instructional days only
  • Eliminated one-half social worker position at HCAM
  • Eliminated 1.5 ESL positions
  • Eliminated 0.5 ESL interpreter position
  • Eliminated administrative curriculum coach at HCAM
  • Eliminated part-time administrative services curriculum coach
  • Reduced instructional supply allotments

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

This just in from Wake County Public Schools:trackingCuts-web-600

WCPSS budget staff has received the district’s final budget allotments from the state and is recommending reallocating $3.5 million from other school system revenues to cover shortfalls in state funding.

The funding would carry the district through 2013-14 but will not provide a long-term solution to cover recurring reductions, Chief Business Officer David Neter said at a Board of Education work session on September 3.

“The adjustments being recommended today from one-time sources are not sustainable,” and will have to continue to be addressed next year and beyond, Neter told the board.

Overall, WCPSS saw significant state funding reductions for teachers, teacher assistants and other instructional support for 2013-14.

A large portion of these cuts was offset when state leaders also lifted a discretionary reduction, a cost-saving measure that has been in place since the recession, Neter explained. The district plans to address the remaining budget gap through savings in other areas, as well as the one-time reallocation of the $3.5 million from other school system revenues.

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