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School District in Limbo due to State Budget on hold



Kids go back to school in a few weeks but what will they go back to? From teachers to textbooks, there’s plenty of uncertainty because of the state budget deadlock. School districts are still faced with making some tough decisions about funding. Many wonder if it will boil down to hurting those who keep schools going.

The general assembly has yet to decided on a budget governor perdue will sign, leaving school district’s funding in limbo. Brunswick County Human Resources Director, Terry Chestnutt says depending on the legislature and what funds are available we don’t know what we will have to do. Brunswick county schools are anticipating a 5.5 million dollar reduction in it’s funding. New hanover county schools may see a ten million dollar reduction, leaving the question of possible layoffs on the table.

For both Brunswick and New Hanover counties, when it comes to sparing jobs, the name of the game is shifting. Open spaces from vacant positions, retirements, resignations. New schools opening have allowed teachers and teacher’s assistants to be transferred to those spots, instead of losing their jobs.

This week Governor Perdue sent a message to school officials saying “The general assembly must put aside it’s differences and bring me a budget plan that protects public school classrooms” or she will not sign it.

New Hanover County Human Resources Director John Welmers says “right now we do not anticipate a reduction in force or cutting any personnel now that is anticipating based on what the budget does.” Even with kids heading back to the classrooms, districts will still have to wait and see.

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