Johnston County passes budget, cuts school jobs

Posted May 10, 2011 5:17 p.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2011 7:26 p.m. EDT

School Funding (Generic)

— 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.