|Watauga County Schools Will Not Bring Back 28 Employees in Fall Due to State Budget Cuts|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Wednesday, 10 June 2009 11:11|
The Watauga County School System has finalized their plan on how to deal with state budget cuts. WCS’ Community Relations Director, Marshal Ashcraft, said the reductions include 11 teachers who were hired temporarily for the 2008-2009 school year, 15 teaching positions, one school-based administrative position, and one technology support position.
Ashcraft said all of the affected schoolteachers and other certified employees who will not be brought back this fall have been notified. Non-certified employees affected by the budget will be notified as soon as possible after the state adopts next year’s budget.
Watauga County Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Marty Hemric, said, “We are hopeful that the budget pendulum in Raleigh will swing back in favor of public education before the General Assembly and our Governor finalize and sign it into law. We will continue to monitor the progress of the proposed state budget and encourage alternative to additional cuts to public education. We will continue to maximize the use of Federal funding and seek alternatives at the local level as well as regain all the positions we can as funding allows.”
Ashcraft said state funding provides about 58 percent of the budget for Watauga County Schools, and budget currently being considered by the N.C. General Assembly would cut state funding for education by $925 million or about 11.2 percent for next year.
Hemric said, “This is the most challenging decrease in budget our state has faced since the 1930’s.”
Ashcraft said Watauga County Schools have worked over the past several months to reduce the impact of funding costs by focusing on reducing expenses for energy, school supplies, and materials.
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