Troubling news out of Haywood County, a mountainous district west of Asheville that may be facing a school closure and the loss of almost two dozen teaching positions. The culprit? According to an Associated Press report late last week, local funding cuts and competing charter schools.
School officials told the A.P. last week that they are attempting to remedy a $2.4 million local funding deficit for the 2016-2017 school year, at least partially because of about $933,000 in lost state funds due to competing charter school openings.
The system said another $508,000 of local tax dollars were “diverted” to charter schools inside and outside of Haywood County.
From the report:
“You have a decrease in funding. You have a significant decrease in the number of students, and you have a charter school opening in your own district,” Haywood County Schools Associate Superintendent Bill Nolte said. “Those are the factors that have come together to create for us a $2.4 million deficit in our local budget.”