Duplin County Will Keep Athletics Program, Jr. ROTC

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Many are calling it a scare tactic. The threat of the Duplin County Athletic and Jr. ROTC programs being cut out of the budget drew a record crowd to the county commissioners meeting Monday night.

The decision came quick. Duplin County Commissioners decided to move funds to save athletics and the Jr. ROTC programs.

This after over a thousand people packed both inside and out of the Duplin Commons thinking these programs would be cut from the budget next year by the county commissioners.

The county commissioners blamed the board of education for spreading a false rumor. One parent says he's tired of the power struggle in Duplin County.

The Duplin County Board of Education will hold their meeting Tuesday night to tackle these issues and more.

Because there was such a large response to Monday's meeting, the board of education say they may move the meeting to a larger location.

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  • by anon Location: Kville on Aug 13, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    the people of Duplin County are poor,who whats to pay more taxes in this rural place,so u get what u pay for.Allways the same song and dance story here!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 8, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    It's a shame that people do not do the "right thing" anymore. I will never understand for the life of me why a vote is needed to make a right decision. For what this is worth, I am proud of Duplin County teachers and their assistants. Keep your STAND because many are rooting for all of you!!!
  • by DuplinT Location: Kenansville on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    There are at least three middle management positions at the Duplin County Board of Ed. that could be cut with the salaries going to fund these programs almost fully. These positions- the Elementary, Middle, and High School Directors are just another layer of management. Ask many folks who work in Duplin Schools and they will tell you that these are jobs made for failed school principles. Why do we need an Elem, Middle, or High School Director making big $$$ ? Can't the principals run their own schools-or do they not know how?
  • by june Location: Kville on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    The commissioners are a bunch of dweebs, sit in on one of the budget meetings , I say get rid of FUSSELL he and his almighty Winery. Duplin wine dont buy it!
  • by Amy Location: Kenansville on Jun 2, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    The BOE used propaganda to get the parents and the students upset at the County Commissioners. It worked but now we need to turn our attention to the BOE. They have a history of misusing funds and if it is true the Superintendent and one of the Board members went on a trip to San Diego, they need to reimburse the schools for that. As for Blackberry phones, why does the staff at the Central office need phones with this many functions.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Beulaville on Jun 2, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    If teachers are not valued here they will be valued somewhere else! I know of many great teachers that are looking to neighboring counties,other states, even other professions because they are tired of being treated like they don't matter. Many Duplin County Teachers grew up here. They came back to teach here because they care! They believe they can make a difference in the future. Duplin County and Perdue need to understand teachers are not dealing with kids or families from 20-30 years ago! Teachers are dealing with todays problems and todays challenges. It is time to give them todays money! They can not operate on a budget from 20-30 years ago! Many teachers have gone back to school to get advanced degrees to be able to teach to the best of their ability. The thanks they get is not a raise for a job well done but a pay cut or a RIF letter! Our teachers deserve better...our kids deserve more. Thanks nothing Mrs. Perdue....Thanks Duplin County.
  • by Denise Location: Beulaville on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    How can people hear that Duplin County will be the ONLY county in the state that doesn't pay teacher supplements? Our commissioners and BOE are sending a strong message that teachers and education are not valued in Duplin County. The money is there, but the Commissioners are keeping a tight fist on it to the order of many teachers and support personnel losing their jobs. This is a disgrace!
  • by Alex on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    I think if we cut welfare and other social programs then we wouldn't even be having this discussion because the money would be there.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    Think about "rural Duplin County?" Who are we compared to a city like Charlotte which was affected by drastic cuts.I hope that Duplin County will be spared from making a hard decision in cutting programs within education, but what "options" are there? THEY WON'T ANSWER. Last night at the Commons the commissioners danced around the "options" of saving programs and/or teachers they jumped ship with "ums" and "uhs" and lost face with the citizens of Duplin County who has suggested that they all be fired. Tonight, at 6 p.m. another "ums" and "uhs" meeting will occur, so brace yourself with the military tactics of "rules of engagement." I'll be there, so please save me a seat.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Beulaville on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    It was very easy for them to decide to save sports and ROTC but what about teachers! Our county is in danger of losing record numbers of teaching positions due to the contingency of county funds. The State and Federal Government has cut funding in our county. They may not care about our kids but Duplin County should! They are the future of our county. We have to get them started on the right track. How we treat our teachers directly effects our kids! REMEMBER if MOMMA AIN'T HAPPY AIN'T NOBODY HAPPY!!For many of our kids their teachers are the only stability they have!
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