Many school systems in the east are facing tough budget decisions.
State budget cuts have Duplin County school officials considering eliminating teaching positions, teaching supplements, and even the entire athletic program.
Board of Education members are expected to ask county leaders for additional funding at a public hearing scheduled for Monday night.
But county leaders say they're dealing with cuts of their own.
County Manager Mike Aldridge says a reserve fund may help them keep some essential programs in place.
The public hearing is scheduled for 6pm Monday at Duplin commons in Kenansville.