School Officials Concerned About Governor's Budget

Educators say schools and universities are in the cross hairs of Governor Beverly Perdue's proposed budget.

State lawmakers visited Jones County Monday to hear concerns from school board officials on the 2010-2011 budget.

The state's budget is expected to be one-billion dollars short, leaving area schools without certain funds.

Class sizes may increase and jobs may be cut.

Hopes are the value of education will not be sacrificed.
Michael Bracy is the superintendent of Jones County Schools.
"The expectation is that public schools and children are first. They've got to be the priority."

This is just in its preliminary stage. The budget is in the senate and they will look at it to see what can be done.

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  • by Anon Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 02:34 PM
    To J and D, Parent is using the abreviation for Pitt County Schools, PCS.
  • by D Location: Aurora on May 5, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    To Parent, PCS or PotashCorp is not owned by the State of NC. Employees are not paid out of state budget, they put money in the state budget. State taxes, unemployment, property taxes, etc.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    As stated before, there is plenty of money for education. It is the gigantic salaries of the administrators that keeps us in the red. No more, no less.
  • by J Location: Beaufort County on May 5, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    To Parent: PCS is a corporation. PCS employees' pay does not come out of the state budget. How is cutting their pay going to balance the state budget when none of that money comes out of the state budget?
  • by Parent Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    To J, A flat percentage pay cut to all PCS employees to balance the budget would keep people off unemployment and enable the classroom to be fully staffed for our childrens education.
  • by citizen Location: greenville on May 4, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    teachers are losing their jobs, but greenville is putting sidewalks all over the city. The kids won't use them, because they have to ride a bus to a school nowhere near their house. Sorry but I don't get it. Education is #1? Hmmmm
  • by jessica Location: plymouth on May 4, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    i feel that the government should not be putting their money down becuase they want some teachers to quit their jobs or they get fired so the goevrnment can make more money.
  • by J Location: Beaufort County on May 4, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    To "Parent" in Greenville: I agree that the education of children should not be the sacrifice, but PCS employees are not paid by the state of NC. Therefore, cutting their pay would not help the state budget at all. In fact, it would hurt the state budget because they would be paying less in taxes and spending less money in the local economy.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    Fact: there is plenty of money to educate the kids, but not enough to support the gigantic salaries of the administation. This does not include teachers, I mean the assistant to the assistanct to the assistanct.
  • by Mother Location: Greene County on May 4, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    Dear Sad, if you are going to teach,please learn the difference between your and you're. They do have different meanings. Hate send another batch of children out into the world without proper grammar skills!
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