Tata rallies Wake teachers amid budget worries
Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata met with hundreds of educators from approximately 20 year-round schools on Tuesday in an effort to help ease their concerns amid budget worries.Posted — Updated
Tony Tata met with hundreds of educators from approximately 20 year-round schools, he said, in an effort to help ease their concerns.
The school system has already cut more than 200 clerical and administrative jobs, and more job cuts are expected in the weeks ahead because of reduced funding – $40 million less than the 2010-11 school year.
"I told them right up front (that) protecting teachers and the classrooms are my No. 1 priority," Tata said. "That will remain my No. 1 priority."
Tata said that it is important to him, as a leader, to help keep teachers focused on the school system's mission, vision and core beliefs.
"I think there are outside influences that are always going to be there, and we can't let that impact our quality of instruction or what we give our students, Heather Lynch, a teacher at Wilburn Elementary School, said.
Tata's two meetings on Tuesday were the first of 15 Tata is holding before the new school year.
Classes for the fall semester begin July 11 for some students enrolled in year-round schools. Students enrolled in traditional-calendar schools begin class on Aug. 25.
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