Craven continues cuts to save money

Published: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

Typically, state budget cuts do not target specific line items, Craven Superintendent Lane Mills said. But this year, the 21 percent cut must be taken from the money designated for teaching assistants.

Salaries and benefits for teacher assistants average about $33,500 a year per position, said Denise Altman, school system finance officer.

Mills said system leaders recognize the unpaid days would create hardship for the affected employees, but the move will keep most TAs working.

“The decision to reduce work days for people who are working hard, while awful, does protect their jobs and avoided additional loss,” he said. “But these cuts represent real people with families and they are part of our schools family and we are very upset about this.

“We know how hard these people work in our school system and how damaging to our system and staff this will be. This is an awful statement about the support we are getting from the state for our school system.”

Assistant Superintendent Glenn Reaves said the teacher workday cuts were tagged as days off. School officials are not calling the unpaid time away “furloughs.”

“They will be there during instructional days,” Reaves said.

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