Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

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.

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

Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

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.

Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

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.

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

Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

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.

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Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools

trackingCuts-web-600Gaston County Schools, located just west of Charlotte, will cut 50 teacher assistant positions.

The Gaston Gazette reports that last year, the school system also cut 50 teacher assistant positions.

School officials are still trying to sort out how many of those 50 positions will be eliminated by way of attrition, and how many current TAs will receive pink slips.

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

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