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School systems facing drastic budget cuts

Posted April 27, 2010 1:54 p.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2010 8:28 a.m. EDT

— Johnston County Schools will have to eliminate 113 teaching positions next year because of budget cuts, a district spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Terri Sessoms said the cuts are state-driven but that it was unclear what the shortfall would be for the superintendent's 2010-11 budget until the state and county determine their allocations.

The district also plans to eliminate 12.5 custodian positions and two assistant principal positions.

Despite the job eliminations, as well as a $500,000 cut in spending on teaching assistants, Johnston County Schools has requested more than $57 million from the county and state – an $895,530 increase from the current fiscal year.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is also anticipating at least $5 million in cuts from its budget for the next fiscal year that could result in cuts to programs and services and job eliminations, officials said.

Proposed cost-saving measures include increasing class sizes, reducing athletics, eliminating some teaching assistants and making some full-time employees part-time.