How To Pay For Teacher Raises A Concern For Craven County Schools

Another local school district is expressing concern about how the state could pay for teacher raises in the state budget.

Craven County Schools calls the $2.25 million dollar reduction in pay for teacher's assistants proposed by the Senate a "huge loss."

School officials say the cut would really harm the learning experience for their elementary students, as there would be no funding available for teachers assistants in grades three through five.

Another concern is that most teacher assistants also drive buses for the district, including Robin Runne.

"Just losing your job is definitely a concern, but more importantly how it's going to affect our students and the future for these children," said Runne. "There is no way a teacher by herself with class sizes, and with the curriculum they have to teach in lower grades, can do this on their own."

In a statement, the district said it would lose about 90 teachers assistants, eight teaching positions and more than $200,000 for transportation services.

Recently, Pitt County Schools also expressed concern over the budget which they say would result in millions of dollars worth of unfunded obligations for local school districts.

The state budget is only a proposal at this time. It must still pass the House before heading to the Governor's desk.

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