Pitt Schools Lose One-Million In Lottery Funds

Pitt County Schools officials say a plan to use lottery money to help with the state budget deficit will cost them one-million dollars.

Governor Beverly Perdue says she's taking 88 million in lottery money to help build the general fund. In turn, school systems will miss out on funds.

In Pitt County, they just got word close to one million dollars will not be allocated this quarter.

Schools spokesperson Heather Mayo says, "We're really concerned with our future of these proceeds. Certainly we can live one quarter being withheld but what's going to happen to the next several quarters?"

The lottery was approved three years ago with the purpose that the money would be used for education.

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  • by Hello Location: Here on Mar 15, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    She has lost her mind!!! That is not what the EDUCATIONAL lottery is for.Duh!!!
  • by a joke and scam on Mar 10, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    I never approved of the lottery, and to lie and say it is an education lottery, it par for the course. I am a teacher, and for the past 3 years work at a school where we have no funding. we buy everything for our classes, andif that is not enough, can only deduct 250 on taxes. I hope no one spends another dime on the lottery. Only the ignorant seem to0. wake up!!!!
  • by joe Location: public on Mar 8, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    Teachers, if you are a member of NCAE, drop that membership for next year. Keep that extra money in your check. You can guarantee you will not be receiving a raise or your salary step. And wasn't it NCAE's advice to vote for Purdue? Thought so.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 5, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    So how many lies is this from the Dems on the local and federal level since the election? Perdue is for education...but she steals money from school construction. Obama wanted no earmarks and would eliminate them.....9,000 in the most recent bill!! He would run the most ethical government.....5 tax cheats have been nominated in his cabinet! No lobbiest!!!....One of his first nominees is a lobbiest! No tax hikes for 95% of Americans!!! Your gas is going up to pay for "carbon" emmissions. Thats a tax on everyone. If you are one of the 160 million Americans who have subsidized insurance plans from your employer...the subsidized amount will now be....you guessed it TAXED!! The company in which you work and hope to keep working will have their tax raised 5%. Whose butt do you think that money is coming out of? The sheep are not the ones buying lottery tickets...the sheep are the ones who vote for Democrats and completely overlooked their history of deception.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    To those who want the link: Your welcome. David, I really don't know if letters will be read or change anything. However, there is a suggestion box available so I see no reason not to use it. For that matter, the NC state website also has contact information for our other elected officials. Even if this subject isn't enough to get you to give your input, there probably will be another one that may. I mean why should we save all of our complaints for this message board where we know Ms. Perdue or her staff won't read them instead of sending them to her where at least someone has to delete them. By the way, electing on character doesn't work either. Too many times being elected causes minor character flaws to grow into major problems. Just ask John Edwards.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    See...you people just don't understand politics. Lets break it down. Politicians have agendas. They know that the majority of people won't like some or all of their plans. That's why they either sugar-coat the idea or false advertise to get their way. Prime example of false advertising is this "Education" lottery. Anybody with a brain knew or at least could recognize that this lotto money was not guaranteed to our education system. Politics 101 - all politicians reserve the right to say one thing and do another, and to flip-flop. It was no different than people saying "this is savings for our vacation" and then using the money to pay regular bills. Let's look on the bright side...at least they didn't take it directly from our pockets. I mean, the education system in NC is already pretty darn slack as it is, so what's another million dollar short-fall in the long run? Just another regular fiscal year. On the other hand, I've got no problems with Congressman Walter B Jones.
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Maybe they will send some of the money here to Harnett County where our middle school kids have to share science books because there is only so many in the class and have to bring worksheets home for homework. What about that Miss Perdue???
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 5, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    To TeacherJean, this is why I have a major problem with the government. They are nothing but a bunch of liars, crooks, and jerks who I hope goes to hell personally. I hate these people and have no use for them.
  • by David Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    Not to be offensive, but does anyone really think writing a letter to Perdue will do anything? Politicians are going to do what the "feel" is best and if you don't like it, tough. They were voted into office and they'll be there till the next election. Then they'll go on about how they tried to help the citizens of NC and how the bad decisions weren't their fault and promise things will get better when you re-elect them. We should start electing people based on their character and not how much muck and showmanship they can do.
  • by TeacherJean Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    Let me see if I understand this correctly. PCS was told that they could only use lottery money for bricks and mortar. But with the state budget cuts, they are planning to cut over 50 teaching positions for next school year. But NC state gov't can raid the lottery coffers for whatever use they see fit. Gotta love the hypocrisy of it all! Perhaps, Pitt Co. Commissioners may need to revisit the sales tax revenue also earmarked for school construction projects only and save some of these teaching positions. Beats having overcrowded classrooms. Wait, isn't that what wise Mike Easley said the lottery would save us from?! Ha!

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