Beaufort Schools Win Appeal Over Funding Dispute

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled today in the ongoing fight between the Beaufort County Board of Education and the county commissioners over money.

In the original case, the school board sued the county commissioners because the school board wanted more money than the commissioners put in the budget.

The school board wanted an additional $2.8 million. In july 2006, a jury awarded the school board $760,000.

County manager Paul Spruill told WITN News that while the commissioners were happy with the original verdict, they appealed on the grounds that their case was moved into superior county too quickly following the filing of the lawsuit.

Today, the court of appeals ruled that the trial court did not err, and the verdict stands. Spruill says the county commissioners must now decide whether to appeal to the state supreme court.

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