Athletics Department To Be Cut?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

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.

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    One other thing, it's that time that these GREEDY and ARROGANT politicians better take a pay cut as well, due to the depression, or they will be ran out of their position and sent to the federal pen. This needs to be a mandatory law. Also, if I was a football coach for such a high school as James Kenan or Wallace-Rose Hill(who won state championships in football), I would threaten to the school board that I would leave the school system and quit teaching there if they cut out football. That may make them think again. As far as back to the county rival thing, Martin County did do that before with their middle schools. Also, that could bring back games between East Duplin and North Duplin, which could boost the revenue for the school system.
  • by Lynnette, teacher Location: Beulaville on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Now, what about supplements, jobs that have been cut due to the DCC not funding,Why not take away the car that Dr. Dobey drives on S DC cash..provided a car and gas, ins, etc...get real, man...and BO Mullins...start at the top and cut at the CO in jobs of those who teach our children.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    I hope that this does not happen to Duplin County. If the entire athletic program were to be eliminated, then you would see lots of Duplin County High School students (especially the football players as good as football is down there) transfer to another school system such as Lenoir County, Wayne County, Sampson County, Pender County, Onslow County, or Jones County. That's why I would avoid cutting the athletics out, especially football. The better ways to go by are the 4 day week, save all the electricity, use less gas on the school buses by having four day weeks AND consolidated bus stops, meaning less stops, meaning less gas burned, meaning less money spent. Cutting teachers positions is not the way to go. They need to realize that cutting teacher positions would create a lose-lose situation, not only for the teachers and students, but also the parents and others. That would be a selfish way to go. When I am speaking for this school system, I am speaking for ALL school systems.
  • by DCTeacher Location: Albertson, NC on Jun 1, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    As a teacher in Duplin County, I see firsthand what effects this could potentially have for my students. Although the County Commissioners did agree to fund athletics and JROTC tonight at their meeting/public forum, what many people do not realize is that more than those two areas are at risk. Huskins/Learn and Earn classes from JSCC are at risk of being cut as well. We are losing approx. 46 teaching postions across the county. Granted, the loss of teaching positions are mostly due to the state budget cuts. The County Commissioners and Board of Education need to stop fighting each other and work together to do what is best for the county as a whole. I can understand that the CCs are distrustful of the BOE because of the way funds have been spent in the past, but that shouldn't put teachers and students out in the cold. We had nothing to do with the decisions on how money was spent 2-3 years ago. Someone needs to buck up and do the right thing.
  • by Tracy Location: Duplin County on Jun 1, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    I feel that the commissioners need to really look at other avenues to help save money. Children are our future and schools are already overcrowded in classes and if you take away teachers and assistants how will they learn. I feel it is so sad that ever since Bev Perdue became Governor that education has had to be cut right and left. I personally did not vote for her and now I am glad I did not I know she has a job to do but education should be a last resort. Why not cut the pay of the Governor, Senators, and Congressman and commissioners to help save money not by making our kids suffer for what politicians do with our tax money and with all the money the parents pay for activities their kids do it is crazy that they say we have no money to fund our ROTC program and athletics we already pay so much for our kids to be a part of these programs. Wake up Commissioners and Gov. Perdue we need education and we need other outlets to help our kids be able to afford to go to college.
  • by Mary Beth Bergman Location: Chinquapin on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    If there are cuts to be made, why not start with the number of commissioners or maybe the intern positions in Raliegh. One or two commissioners and the 100 paid intern positions should yeild at least 200,000.00 plus that we can put back into the school system for teachers and athletics. Without athletics some kids would not even try to pass the grade or have a reason to even go to school. Without teachers and assistants, who is going to try to incourage these students and help instruct them to be good/dicipline members of society instead of getting into God knows what kind of activities because they have no athletic outlet anymore. Maybe they need to look at how many students depend on Athletic Scholarships in order to be able to go to college. If they know their parents can't afford it and there is no scholarship to work for, then why even try. I am sure the drop out rate will sky rocket and the diciplinary behavior will also show a rise and with less staff to help manage it.
  • by Amy Location: Kenansville on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    Cuttin athletics out of the schools will have a major fallout in alot of areas. We will lose scholar athletes to other counties. These athletes keep our scores up as they have to be passing to play. Businesses will not relocate to an area that has no interest in education. Therefore the county loses new business and increased sources of tax money. Keep in mind they are also talking about cutting the vocational programs like auto tech and the JROTC program. Some of this is hype pushed by the BOE to get parents involved but it is a possiblity. Remember, too, the last time the county commissioners gave money to the BOE, the BOE used questionable judgement in distributing it. We are also in danger of losing teachers. The BOE and the CC are using our children as pawns in their game of who is bigger and badder!
  • by Annonymous1 Location: DC on Jun 1, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    Yes education is important! BUT you drop sports, you can expect too see attendance and acadamics drop rapidly!
  • by anonymous1 Location: duplin on May 31, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    Education is reading, writing, history, math & science. Football and baseball and basketball are games-not education. I do not mind my tax dollars going to education-if it is so important to these parents that their children can play games- let them pay for it. The County Commissioners are only trying to do the best they can with the little money they have to work with in one of the poorest counties in the state. When there is more month than money at my house- something things get done without. Get used to it, people- the cash cow left the barn- and government ain't gonna make it all better unless they tax us to death.
  • by dc graduate Location: warsaw on May 31, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    What else. I am tired of both of the boards they are both pathetic. The only thing that we had to look forward to was seeing the kids play football on friday, basketball during the winter and baseball in the spring. They cut everything but the big supplement checks and bonuses that some people are over paid. I agree that some of these schools with 2 assistant principals should be cut, as well as other potitions maybe but to cut alot of teacher and assistants this is getting out of hand. Talking about hurting economy cut peoples jobs just don't make since. Guess the good ole Gov. Purdue is taking all of the money and using it somewhere. What happened to NC Educational Lottery. As many people that buy a ticket including myself and yet we don't have any money. Also with the cutting of sports programs what about the revenue they brought to the schools. Maybe just cut down on the away games traveled to and the distance traveling. Get back to playing in county rivals.
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