Local Superintendent Frustrated With Having To Make Cuts

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Lenoir County Schools Superintendent Terry Cline says he was already unhappy with the state budget. And now some of the money allocated to his school, the state says, it wants back.

Cline says his school system prepared for a 5 percent cut in the schools allotment but the state cut the school system by 7 percent.

That meant a total of 84 positions for this school year had to be cut.

That includes 40 teacher positions.

The transportation budget was also cut by 200 hundred thousand dollars and class sizes could increase by as much as 30 students to one.

Cline says letting employees go is one of the hardest things he has to do.

Cline says despite it all his teachers and staff are up for the challenge, although he expects to have to make further cuts in next years budget as well.

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