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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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trackingCuts-web-600Travis Reeves, superintendent for Surry County Schools, told NC Policy Watch that he had to eliminate 10.5 teacher assistant positions and 13 teaching positions this year through attrition.

Reeves said that the class size increases are also taking a big toll on teachers.

Surry County has been able to use some local and carryover funds to mitigate the cut to instructional supplies, but “we are extremely frugal at this point,” said Reeves.

During the past five years, Surry County has had to eliminate more than 100 instructional positions thanks to budget cuts.

Surry 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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trackingCuts-web-600The final budget numbers for Gaston County Schools are in – and 31 teacher assistants have lost their jobs.

School officials were able to save 19 other jobs that were on the chopping block – those TAs were moved into other teacher assistant jobs thanks to federal money earmarked for disadvantaged schools.

There is a possibility that seven of the 31 teacher assistant positions will be rehired at the start of the school year, but that remains unclear.

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