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Johnston County passes budget, cuts school jobs

Posted May 10, 2011
Updated May 11, 2011

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— In a vote Tuesday afternoon, the Johnston County Board of Education passed a budget for the 2011-12 school year which will eliminate up to 100 jobs.

Superintendent Ed Croom said he prepared his spending plan with the expectation that the state would provide 13 percent less funding to local districts for the coming school year.

Teacher assistants are the hardest hit. 73 positions will be eliminated. The other planned cuts are: 11 office support personnel, 8 testing coordinators, 3 child nutrition personnel, 2 from facilities services and 2 administrators.

The board could reinstate some of the positions if state funding comes through better than expected, Croom said.

The school system will also leave open positions unfilled.

The board had also considered asking remaining teaching assistants to take a $1,900-a-year pay cut. That move was not part of the final budget. 

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  • delilahk2000 May 11, 7:55 p.m.

    DR.CROON'S SALARY SHOULD BE CUT BY OVER HALF. HE IS WAY OVER PAID.......WHAT A JOKE....

  • delilahk2000 May 11, 7:42 p.m.

    WHAT WOULD HELP TO, IS IF THE PARENTS WOULD SUPPLY THEIR KIDS WITH PENCILS, PAPER ETC. INSTEAD OF THE SCHOOLS. THESE ARE YOUR KIDS, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, YOU SHOULD BE BUYING THESE THINGS NOT THE TEACHER OR THE SCHOOL.... THAT WOULD SAVE MONEY TOO.....

  • HowManyOunces May 11, 7:40 p.m.

    Did Dr. Groom mention that his $200,000 + a year salary will remain intact? I didn't think so. The most overpaid hypocrite in JoCo schools!

  • delilahk2000 May 11, 7:33 p.m.

    THIS GETTING REDICULOUS, JUST SHUT THE SCHOOLS DOWN, WHO NEEDS AN EDUCATION ANY WAY..IT SEEMS THE POWERS TO BE DOESN'T THINK IT IS IMPORTANT......

  • gina40jerseygirl May 11, 6:28 p.m.

    I am a teacher assistant, from Johnston County that was reduced by the budget cuts. I do not think that they realized that there are faces to their numbers. They can fix all of their problems by keeping a 1 cent tax. I also DARE any of those people that are supposed to protect, serve and help the people and children of North Carolina to come do my job for a day. They are not just hurting my family and me but the future of North Carolina. THE CHILDREN are the ones that will suffer the most. Because to you, they are just numbers too. At the rate you keep cutting education, there will be no one left to teach our children. You need to do what is right and save our school systems in North Carolina. The faces of those children who are going to suffer will someday decide your future. Don't worry maybe they will let you keep your job. I guess my job is not worth a penny to you.

  • beckerunc May 11, 5:26 p.m.

    This is not a tax issue, this is an education "system" issue/failure. We don't always cut education. In fact, we have poured an incredible amount of money into education over the last 25-30 years. The education system has not managed "education" or the "education dollar" very well. Don't blame the taxpayers or those not employed in education with these cuts. Blame your management --poor poor job. They chose how to cut, not us. And by the way, it would be nice if I could retire at 50 and get my health insurance paid for life and salary for life - only the government employees get that.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 11, 4:14 p.m.

    westernwake - "How about pay cuts for principals, assistant principals, adminstrators, teachers, clerks, and all the people who earn much more money than TA's in the school system. How about being equitable in spreading the proposed pay cut burden."

    Getting rid of assistant principals I'm all for.

    Getting rid of excess administrators and clerks I'm all for.

    Getting rid of teachers - no.

    The budget cuts should never put the education of a child at risk.

    Cut excess personnel from the county administrative and legislative offices instead.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 11, 4:11 p.m.

    yfer - "There are many legal Hispanics who are living in Johnston County that pay property taxes, state income taxes, road taxes etc."

    Yes there are.

    I live in Harnett across the street from the JoCo line, but almost all my neighbors are LEGAL Hispanics, and they're good neighbors to have - hard working, nice homes and nice yards, respectful children - at least the ones who live in our neighborhood are. Can't speak for any others.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 11, 4:10 p.m.

    Wonder how many jobs they cut in the administrative offices at the county seat, especially within the legislative offices where nepotism runs rampant.

  • cantstandya May 11, 3:55 p.m.

    Better check on all those legals that do pay taxes,so do we and a portion of them go to have the additional paperwork generated to accomadate their needs and their ability to get medicade,and a host of other things paid for by what far exceeds what they pay in that most Americans are found ineligible for.

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