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Jobs with New Hanover County schools few and far between

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For college grads looking to start their careers at New Hanover County schools, they might be out of luck.

To match their shrinking budget, New Hanover County schools are being forced to tighten their belts.

Zac Singleton graduated from UNCW in 2004. He’s back at the career center trying to land a job as a teacher at New Hanover County schools, but he’s not having much luck.

UNCW Career Center Director Diane Reed said, “It’s very tough to get an education position.”

That’s because there are no jobs openings at New Hanover County schools. They’re facing major budget cuts, and were forced to cut back.

“We are not going to grow, not looking to expand any programs, we are cutting a little bit, and think about how we distribute the workload,” explained Susan Hahn, NHC School Human Resources Director.

Part of NHC’s budget cuts include cutting back on any non-essential travel, but school board members are still headed to San Diego for a national conference that they say is going to get the school system out of something they are calling school improvement status.

That means right now, some students are testing below their grade levels. The cost to send three board members to the conference is more than $6,000

School board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh said it’s well worth it. “The price is miniscule compared to what Dorothy, Nick and I can bring back to the county.”

Another part of the budget cuts includes canceling their private job fair at UNCW. Typically each school in the county sets up a booth, but how can you hold a job fair, with no jobs?

UNCW will be holding their annual job fair as scheduled in March. They anticipate more than forty schools in the area to attend, which they said is a good number considering the economy.

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videoFor college grads looking to start their careers at New Hanover County schools, they might be out of luck.

To match their shrinking budget, New Hanover County schools are being forced to tighten their belts.

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