ECU: New State Budget = Staff Cuts, Larger Classes

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Public schools across the state will see deep cuts with the newly approved state budget including community colleges and universities.

According to administrators, East Carolina University expects to lose $45 -$ 49 million from the $300 million in state appropriations which will translate to larger classroom sizes and the loss of staff.

"The cuts that have been made to positions not to people. We've had only handful of actual layoffs in the last 2-3 years with the fiscal stresses we're all coping with these days," said East Carolina University Spokesman John Durham

The positive news for East Carolina is state funding has been set aside for the construction and operation of the dental school. The state appropriations would be $3.5 million dollars to hire 27 workers.

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  • by Bull Location: Durham on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    I am still POd at Durhams statement that positions not people were cut. Who the H fills those positions. What did you accomplish today Durham, collect a paycheck and have lunch on the taxpayers tab at Starlight! Disgusting!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Can't pass the 1% sales tax that would help toward education but the 2.5% gas tax increase is set to take effect on July 1st. This suppose to go toward transporation. I believe the leaders in Raleigh has dipped into this funding too. How's that for the republicans balancing your budget. You don't hear about this tax. I found about it on the page 8A of the N&O not even front page news!
  • by gg on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    we all agree that the budget needs to be balanced. most of us realize that it's a mess because politician after politician have robbed the taxpayers blind. some of us see that the GOP is just posturing to give the appearance of caring or having some sort of understanding of demands of the budget and the state. NO, I'm not a Democrat. I'm an INDEPENDENT. I think for myself, thankyouverymuch. There is good and bad on both sides of the political divide. Can we agree that NO EFFORT has been made to analyze the demands of the state budget and to make logical decisions based on FACT, not speculation or party lines? Yes, there is FAT in the budget. No, SCHOOL CHILDREN didn't put it there...yet, they get to suffer for it. Well done NC!
  • by local Location: greenville on Jun 16, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    We all live in this state, so everyone should bear the burden. Not just state employees.
  • by state employee on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    riddle me this... if i add my husband to my insurance, it will cost me $548/month. If he purchases it independently (he's a small business owner), it will cost him $160/month for the SAME COVERAGE from the SAME INSURER (NCBCBS). instead of firing teachers, let's audit the contract the state has with BCBS because CLEARLY, we're getting robbed!
  • by concerned citizen Location: eastern nc on Jun 15, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    People has known the whole time that the Lottery money was not going toward education here in NC, but yet they keep playing the lottery. Its time that the people of NC steps up and says "no more". Stop playing the lottery because all you are doing is putting more money in the crooks pocket. I find it funny though that while education is taking such a hit that CCC is spending who knows how much money to fight a complaint that was filed against them with the court system because they failed to adhere to the catalog of record that a group of students enrolled under. WITN why dont you do an investigation on Craven Commuinty College and show the taxpayers how there money is being spent and this is not the only community college being sued for doing students wrong in NC.
  • by Melissa on Jun 15, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    There is SO much administrative pork at ECU. It boggles the mind. The State needs to conduct an independent audit of all the positions at ECU and then GET RID of the people who do practically nothing (of which there are MANY). I also know of some people there who only come to work when they feel like it and DON'T take vacation or sick time for the days they don't show up, and they have been getting away with it for years. That is STEALING, and it is DISGUSTING.
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      by gg on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:31 AM in reply to Melissa
      that's brilliant and will YOU be paying for that audit? should cost a few million...
  • by Finally! Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2011 at 08:37 PM
    Oh yes, and moderator, please don't hate me for this, but if you want to know how much the good folks at ECU make, just visit the link: Here, you can find out just how much waste there is at the college. Moderator, please don't hate, but the people should really understand WHERE their tax dollars are going.
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      by state employee on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:38 AM in reply to Finally!
      that's great...then take a look at the average salary in the private sector for the same jobs, skill set, and level of education. we haven't had a raise in 4 years, but we're expected to take on more and more responsibility, take cuts in our healthcare...while our rates increase. i'm all for saving money WHERE IT MAKES SENSE, but pushing gov't employees to the brink of poverty to balance a budget we had no say in is INSANE, immoral, and unethical. go after the politicians that have been robbing NC blind for decades.
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        by PTA Mom on Jun 16, 2011 at 06:24 PM in reply to state employee
        Teacher Assistants in Pitt County took a two week pay cut for the past two years. They are also hourly employees, who had their hours cut to 7 1/2 per day. How many people can could survive on their meager salaries and still come everyday with a smile on their face and a desire to educate our children. Teacher Assistants are true saints in todays society.
  • by Watcher Location: Bertie County on Jun 15, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    A agree with Barbara, these cuts are not being made in the right places. Are any cuts being made in administration? Here in Bertie County the Board of Education members are asking about increases in their salary at the same meetings where they cut personnel. But most importantly, has anyone heard about any cuts being made in Raleigh? Are there cuts in legislators' benefits, offices and staff? You can bet the farm there are none. Ninety percent of our legislators need to be sent home and only we have the power to do that.
  • by hog farmer Location: ENC on Jun 15, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    BULL DURHAM! I'd like to see your position cut and see what you'd have to say about that.
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