School Money To Hire Teachers Now Set To Balance County Budget

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

One school district in the east will lose more money for its students, along with other agencies who depend on the county for funds.

On Monday night, Pitt County Commissioners decided $333,915, funds to hire teachers, will help balance the county's budget instead.

Parents we spoke to, say they feel their children's education should not come at this high price. Although all agencies in the county will remit one percent of their budgets.

Pitt County officials say they didn't have many options but to ask for the reversion. They would've had to dip deep into savings otherwise.


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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    I’m so tired of these holier than thou educators and brain washed parents loosing their minds every time the schools fail to get exactly what they want. 60% of the State budget goes to education. Teachers are the ONLY State employee to receive raises this year, though they aren’t calling it a raise they call it a “step increase” The rest of us State employees understand there is a budget crunch and weren’t expecting any type of raise. Maybe if Pitt County teachers were to give up their “step increase” there would be more money for the children’s education.
  • by Doug - Mad, Struggling & Certified Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    THIS IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING I HAVE HEARD YET!!! I am a recent graduate of ECU looking for a teaching position and I'm stuck substituting because Pitt County does crap like this! I know we are in a recession and cuts have to be made somewhere, but education is not the place to do it. There a special on the news last month about how the state needs more male teachers! The state is contradicting itself on a daily basis. When I see signs on 264 that say "NC needs teachers" I think, "Hey, I might have a chance at getting a job." I am a qualified and certified proffesional. I should not have to sit and wonder why I wasted my time getting an education, when the only job I'm offered doesn't require one! Choose a side and stick with it NC!!!
  • by VEM on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    Well, how and what other area from which do you suppose the county can balance the budget they are mandated to? All counties, as well as the state have to cut back to meet these guidelines. There is less money coming from the government so there is no magic money tree to fund schools any better. If you think your child is suffering in public school, then home school them or send them to a private school and pony up the money to do so. I am so sick and tired of hearing everyone complain that someone owes me this and you better not affect my child with your budget cuts. We are in a recession/depression people. Open your eyes and realise they have the legal right to do this just as much as the state can raid the phoney education lottery. In response to this... * Realize is spelled with a Z not an S, see why we need teachers????
  • by Jane Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    Dear Wayne...your sarcism is duly noted.
  • by Wayne Location: Newport on Apr 22, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Come on now guys..... Bev can do it with the state money. Why can't the county do it? You all shouldn't complain about special projects that take money from the schools. Special projects are the ideal way to make sure there are re-elections!
  • by Tired of it! Location: Greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    Education is not first anymore, and thats sad! Our past government officials fought hard for better education and to get the best teachers, now its all gone to waste. No wonder Pitt county cant retain any of the teachers who graduate from ECU(one of the leading colleges in educations).
  • by Jane Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    There should be a law against using the Education Lottery money for anything other than our children's education!!! Our children are our future and there is where the money is best invested - not to correct some fat pocket administator's oversight.
  • by VEM on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    I agree with all of you. It's just as encouraging to go to Pitt for 3 years and graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education, land the PERFECT job that you wanted in December & then be told in April that you wont have a job after June...what is wrong with these people?
  • by Tina on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    Well, how and what other area from which do you suppose the county can balance the budget they are mandated to? All counties, as well as the state have to cut back to meet these guidelines. There is less money coming from the government so there is no magic money tree to fund schools any better. If you think your child is suffering in public school, then home school them or send them to a private school and pony up the money to do so. I am so sick and tired of hearing everyone complain that someone owes me this and you better not affect my child with your budget cuts. We are in a recession/depression people. Open your eyes and realise they have the legal right to do this just as much as the state can raid the phoney education lottery.
  • by me Location: wanting knowledge on Apr 22, 2009 at 02:01 AM
    So now I guess, when a teacher becomes frustrated, and leaves we will have a substitute for the entire year instead of a QUALIFIED person?
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