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Job cuts coming to Wake County schools

Posted June 2, 2009

— The Wake County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the beginning of a three-part plan to phase out up to 37 positions over the next several months – many tied to construction projects.

37 Wake school positions to be eliminated 37 Wake school positions to be eliminated

Under the first phase of the plan, eight employees will be laid off, and 14 vacant positions will also be eliminated, Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Del Burns said.

Burns told board members the cuts were necessary after the economy made it difficult to sell government bonds in which the proceeds were earmarked to build new schools.

There are currently 90 non-certified positions that are fully or partially funded by the bond program.

Thirteen positions that are cut are vacant. Another one will become vacant later this summer when an employee retires. Those cuts will save the school system an estimated $800,000, not including benefits.

It's unclear how much money the layoffs will save because the school board has not determined what positions to cut.

"It includes project planners, managers, in some cases," Burns said. "In some cases, it's folks in business areas that support bond-funded programs."

Burns said he also anticipates the need to eliminate as many as 10 to 15 other positions by October 2009. If the budget situation hasn't improved, more cuts are likely in 2010.

The school construction bonds were approved two years ago when the school system expected to need nearly a dozen new schools to accommodate the growing student population.

But the economy has forced the school system to slow its school construction, which has meant the need to cut positions, Burns said.

"It's very challenging," Burns said. "We're looking at the resources. We're looking at the work that's necessary, based on the schedule."

Wake County's proposed budget cuts district funding by $3 million in the 2009-10 school year.

School officials said expenses must be reduced by 5 percent but left it up to administrators at individual schools to decide what to cut.

Lawmakers continue to work on a state budget, but House committees have recommended slashing education funding by $1.8 billion to help erase a projected $4.5 billion deficit.


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  • kcbailey0928 Jun 3, 2009

    Oh yeah makes absolute perfect sense to me....cut jobs in the one places we need them most....educating OUR FUTURE. I concure why are we saying its ok to bus kids all over from one end to another. I'm glad I dont live in Wake County.

  • Better Things Jun 3, 2009

    I don't know why anyone would ever keep their kids in the Wake County School system. Why would you allow your kids to be bused across town and then moved from school to school? We lived, unfortunately, in Wake for a number of years and moved back North to our home state. Back to good community centric schools where kids/friends can grow up together, sports teams can be developed, and the education is stable ..all with strong supporting communities behind them. It is a real shame that Wake kids don't have that. Gladly, we no longer have to deal with that nonesense!!! Keep falling for that RTP is so great marketing nonesense! High violent crime rate, ridiculous schools, located in the middle of nowhere, etc!

  • SargeDaMan Jun 3, 2009

    Make cuts across the board, top to bottom.... get some skin in the game!

  • jbyrd Jun 3, 2009

    Hey, they've got to get the money for bus fuel from somewhere. It takes a lot to bus all those kids from one side of the county to the other. And let's not forget all the extra energy required to keep those schools up and running through the hottest 3 months of the year for those year round schools, oh yeah, those buses are on the road and extra 3 months per year also.

  • fedupin benson Jun 3, 2009

    Typical gobberment inefficiency. Aren't programs supposed to look like a right side up pyramid? Instead, its upside down, and as everyone knows, an upside down pyramid is VERY unstable. They really need to cut some of the bloat from the top of the heap and allow the system to get back to some balance.. And didn't Wake pass a BILLION $ bond a few years ago? What happened to all that money that was supposed to build schools? I'm glad I got myself and my family out of that stupidity while my kids were still in middle school.

  • tank1234 Jun 3, 2009

    I work where they are cutting the jobs. You people have no idea
    what you are talking abot. Yes start at the top. But, they are
    cutting us at the bottom. I want to keep my Job just like anyone
    else. How can you say oh I am happy people are out of work. You never know when your job will have cuts.

  • NE Raleigh Jun 2, 2009

    Cut ESL programs.

  • dixie dingo Jun 2, 2009

    If I were in charge, I would take ALL of the More at Four money, which is part of the department of public schools and use it with the rest of the lottery money where it can help the most and where it was supposed to go -- to reduce classroom size and to build buildings.
    Get rid of the program, its administrators, teachers, etc. and give that money back to K-12. But it won't happen because it's all political. Look who is in charge of M@4 and Smart Start.

  • PeaceOut2017 Jun 2, 2009

    Time to a story on them whining

  • injameswetrust2003 Jun 2, 2009

    How about saving money by not busing students all over the county? That would surely save millions of dollars. The school system should not be a social experiment. The socialist school board needs change.