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Wake schools to cut 10 construction jobs

Posted November 3, 2009

— Another 10 employees of the Wake County Public School System will lose their jobs effective Dec. 2, the school board announced Tuesday.

All of the jobs being cut are related to school construction. As the district delays or cancels building projects due to lack of funds, it is cutting the people who would work on those projects.

This is the second of three waves of layoffs for the Wake schools. In June, 22 employees were laid off, and Superintendent Del Burns imposed a hiring freeze on teachers in grades 6 through 12.

There will be a third round of layoffs in early 2010, Burns said.


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  • lizard Nov 4, 2009

    I had over 30 in my classes when I was in school in the 60's and 70's. I turned out alright. What's the big deal on class sizes.

    Good post, timbo. There's a lot of admin positions that can go.

  • InvolvedCitizen Nov 4, 2009

    ::sigh:: Well, that kills all my hopes that my kids will get their new school building. Their current facility is old, beyond renovating and not up to current codes. It was scheduled for demo and rebuild, but the project has been delayed... indefinitely. Seems we'll never set foot in that shiny new building we saw drawings of. Hope the next wave gets to enjoy it.

  • wcandiland Nov 4, 2009

    And the bonds we vote on and the lottery is for what????

  • Timbo Nov 4, 2009

    Maybe they should make a run through the school board building and anyone that ain't there by 8:30 should be let go.

  • Fun Nov 4, 2009

    hkymom..Your poor poor little baby with 34 kids...get real !! Wake County Schools have been give close to 2 BILLION dollars in the las 6 years. Frankly sweetie, if dont like put her in private school. Taxpayers are SICK of the money grab !

  • gearstickk Nov 4, 2009

    Now that we are in a recession is the best time for Wake County to build new schools.They are not competing with developers for land.Better buy all the land you will need for the next decade because once the triangle market gets hot again,you will not find any.

  • Tax Man Nov 4, 2009

    I imagine the NEW school board will be cutting lots of unnecessary jobs! The amount we save in reduced busing should pay for a lot of classrooms!

  • Picaflora Nov 4, 2009

    Not good for the hubby to find another job... (he works in architecture with most of his experience in schools/community schools). What happened to all of the Obama $$ that was going to keep the schools and building going? And remember - its not ONLY about building new schools but about renovating the older ones to make sure that the space is being used efficiently.

  • archmaker Nov 4, 2009

    don't need construction jobs if you can't build schools - everytime wake co wants to build they have serious opposition. wake co citizens LOVE neighborhood schools (just don't build any new ones in OUR neighborhood, or we'll find graves or traffic reports to fight it).

  • whatelseisnew Nov 4, 2009

    Wow ten whole jobs, that should save us a bundle. There is no need to build any new schools. The board should get behind charters and let the charters worry about obtaining classroom space. Plenty of vacant buildings out there that can be used and it is a much cheaper way to go.