Craven continues cuts to save money

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

More cuts in teacher assistant positions appear likely next fiscal year.

Mills said the state’s biennial budget targets another 19 percent cut for 2014-15, so system officials are trying to take steps now to limit the effects of the cut.

“We have frozen all hiring and will use those reductions to absorb that, but it will still leave a shortfall for those positions next year,” he said. “Our plan does give our folks time to prepare for what is coming while keeping jobs and benefits for another year.”

He said the system has used planning to protect jobs for now but said that absorbing next year’s cuts, which total about 40 positions, was probably not possible.

Cuts totaling about $75,000 for textbooks and classroom materials also came with this year’s budget.

Craven County Board of Commissioners Chairman Scott Dacey met earlier this week with school system leaders, including Board of Education Chairman Carr Ipock, about what the county might be able to do to help.

System leaders say they are reluctant to use any one-time funds for ongoing expenses.

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