Durham schools budget $20 million less than last year

Posted April 30, 2010

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Durham Public Schools will see about $20 million less in funding in the coming school year, according to a proposal presented Thursday night by Hank Hurd, interim superintendent.

Financing the district is the most challenging it has been since the system was founded in 1992, Hurd wrote in a message on the district website.

"It is impossible to put forth a proposal that everyone will like, but this represents thoughtful consideration among principals, teachers, parents and the community, along with DPS officials and board members," he wrote.

Download DPS budget, part 1 | Download DPS budget, part 2

A meeting for public comment  is planned for May 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Board of Education will meet May 13 to vote on the budget.


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  • Boogalooboy Apr 30, 2010

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    I'm sorry, but the majority of the folks that would be fined would accuse the system of profiling.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 30, 2010

    What's the 'education lottery' for exactly?? isthatallthereis84


    The same thing all those judicial fines are for...

    More, bigger, better paid MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION.

  • Caveman93 Apr 30, 2010

    Durham is Democrat run. Not a suprise.

  • Caveman93 Apr 30, 2010

    But with NO can they learn!? Oh, wait never mind.

  • Boogalooboy Apr 30, 2010

    So, if they are having all these cuts, laying off teachers, cutting supplies, why is Durham County still building schools they can't support??

  • -Enter Screen Name- Apr 30, 2010

    Here's a great solution that will help with both student performance AND budgetary issues: institute monetary fines for discipline issues and low grades*.

    Win-Win Solution!

    *I'm not talking single assignment grades (like homework). I'm thinking of fines for end-of-term grades, and graduated. So, small fine for a C (maybe $50?), medium fine for a D ($150), and a larger fine for an F ($250).

    My rationale - the education is still free. However, if the student gets to the point where they have to repeat a grade/class, retaking the class isn't free. The fines are wholly optional.

  • anotherdurhammom Apr 30, 2010

    The first post here states "good. that means less waste." No, unfortunately it doesn't. The money that is being wasted is at the 'downtown' level...central office staffing. The cuts are being primarily directed at schools...a direct impact on student education. One could simply cut out 1/3 to 1/2 of the central office...and "mentor teachers" which most teachers (unless they are a mentor teacher or were an extremely lucky new teacher who got a fabulous mentor who cared about their transition into a "real" classroom and not just the extra money they got for being a "mentor") will tell you is a waste and the students wouldn't see an impact. All this budget means is less for students and hands on sad.

  • isthatallthereis84 Apr 30, 2010

    What's the 'education lottery' for exactly??

  • snavarro1 Apr 30, 2010

    It would be a much smarter idea to return to days of old. Cut out three quarters of the administrative overhead that has proven to be totally useless over the years and get back to letting teacher’s teach. That will probably never happen because we never get rid of useless jobs only create more.

  • Agent 46 Apr 30, 2010

    but we could afford a $75 million museum of art in Raleigh though!!!!