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.