Pitt County Schools Avoid Layoffs With $2.7 Million In Budget Cuts


The Pitt County school system says it is adjusting to major cuts in the latest state budget.

Numbers were sent out Thursday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Pitt County's cuts added up to $2.7 million.

The school system's finance team had a plan in place. $1.9 million of the cuts are for textbooks and school supplies, but the county never put them into their current budget, assuming they wouldn't receive the funding.

That leaves $805,000 which public information officer Brock Letchworth says would add up to around 30 teaching and teaching assistant positions. The county left positions that opened up from attrition and retirements vacant. So, while they say schools remain short-staffed, no layoffs will be necessary.

"We want to be sure that everybody is not panicking thinking that they're in jeopardy of losing their job because, those positions- we held them back, in preparation for the worst," said Letchworth.

We also spoke with Lenoir County Schools, they say they too were prepared for some severe cuts, and they're hoping to get through them without laying off any teachers.


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