BUDGET CRISIS: Duplin Co. Schools Cutting 210 Positions

Duplin County Schools says it is forced to cut 210 positions because of budget cuts.

Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan called a 3:00 p.m. news conference "to inform the community of decisions made at last night's special called meeting of the Board of Education regarding the budget crisis" and how it will impact Duplin County Schools.

The superintendent says the cuts are across the board and teachers will get notices today.

Some teachers cried later at a countywide meeting to announce the cuts.

Obasohan says the school system is faced with a $5 million budget shortfall with the definite potential for that going up.

The cutbacks include 102 state-funded regular teachers and teacher assistants, 28 exceptional teachers and assistants, and 80 federal program jobs which consist of clerical and janitorial type jobs.

The school system currently employs 13-hundred people, 600 of those are teachers.

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  • by parent Location: chinquapin on Dec 12, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    Are you serious, there are so many cuts now that we have to help teachers with supplies. I have bought kids supplies every year and I have 3 kids in school. Ever year for the past 6 years there has been a teachers wish list, that they need for their class. Each year the supply list gets longer and the wish list keeps on coming. What is the lottery funds for in duplin, is it really for the education or for the government more taxes to eat a $ 50 lunch at Country Squire or else where? What are our dollars going too? I would love to have a run down on that!!! The uneditted one........
  • by Voices Location: Warsaw on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    This may be late, but watch and see what happens. Do you remember in 2009, when people were parked all down the road June 1, 2009. They should have thought about that when they put those $300,000.00 cameras on the buses. A million dollars were spent on bus cameras. That could have been monies for teachers. Buses run at the most two hours per day. Put cameras in the classrooms and we'll see whose teaching, lets not forget Central Office, so we'll see who's working..
  • by Just Wondering Location: Duplin County on May 21, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    A recent Duplin County newspaper reported that the Board of Education was entertaining the idea of relocating to a vacant building. It is a beautiful building and would be nice to have all of the board of education in one building. I just wonder how much it would cost the taxpapyers and is it wise to do this at this time since so many are losing their jobs?
  • by Anonymous Location: Beulaville on May 21, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    To me, this whole layoff/firing thing is ridiculous. The education lottery takes all of these naive peoples' money every day and where are the benefits? Also, how has Duplin County decided who is expendable and who is not? None of those "big wigs" at the board with their fat pockets are getting layed off and if some of them did maybe the county would have some money. Because of these layoofs my family, along with many other families, will not have the money to survive. Thank you oh so much Mr. Obasohan for thinking that my family's welfare is not important enough to let my mother keep her job.
  • by New Age Location: NC on May 19, 2011 at 08:27 PM
    The ineptitude of the North Carolina Public School Board and the North Carolina Legislature, (going all the way to the top in the name of Perdue) is going to bankrupt our children's educational futures. THIS is why I choose to homeschool my children..not because of the Teachers, but because of their bosses. I will not place my child's education in the hands of a "business" that can't properly govern themselves. I do feel for those teachers who are caught in the middle of this foul stench called our Public School Administration. I thought the Lottery was going to save us from school budget shortfalls, or has the Lottery found a way to pad some other fund through legislation?
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      by Nikki-Parent of Children at BF GRADY on May 20, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to New Age
      I agree. The "educational lottery" has not brought $ for schools, it has, padded someone's pocket. I have had to buy MORE supplies the last few years than ever before, and my kids' teachers are putting more of their own $ into supplies, which is ridiculous when there are "higher ups" making 6 figure salaries for doing nothing.
  • by TO ALL TEACHERS Location: DC on May 19, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    I have 5 kids and I have chaperoned for the ones that are in school on field trips and field day and other times. I have seen what you all go through and I want to tell you MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU!!! There may be some "bad" teachers that don't care but MOST that I have dealt with have hearts of gold and have the patience of Job. I myself can barely keep my nerves straight with my own children much less dealing with 25-30 others'. I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger but after seeing what you deal with I decided on psychology instead. I know there are kids that make it worth the effort, but now days most are disrespectful brats that mom and dad "bail" out anytime they are disciplined. They assume their kid is in the right and that their kid does no wrong. I am NOT that kind of parent, I know each side will make themselves look better. We are all human and teachers may make mistakes, but for what they go through a few mistakes is not bad to me! Again, THANK YOU to ALL TEACHERS that do their job and I RESPECT you for it! You deserve more pay and to those that say teaching is babysitting, PLEASE SPEND ONE HOUR in a classroom NOT as a student and see how you feel then. Let the teacher give you a small group of kids to watch/teach and I assure you, you will think differently!
  • by wasteful spending on May 18, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    I have lived in Duplin for over 40 yrs. This is a place that I have noticed wasteful spending. DUPLIN TRANSIT SYSTEM. This was designed to help the elderly in our county, and I am all for helping the elderly. From what I see, there are alot of folks using this that are not elderly to take them back and forth to work, run there erins, and on the weekend, some of the folks that Duplin Transit is hauling around free of cost, these folks have LINCOLN TOWN CARS, ETC. Driving them to church, wal-mart and other places. If you think about it, these people are really Smart, they are not having to worry about gas money. The county is giving them a FREE RIDE. There should be stipulations on these programs (60 & older). The money that DC is wasting on a bunch of FREE LOADERS, could to toward education.
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      by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 08:26 AM in reply to wasteful spending
      I see that you worded your post carefully enough to get past the censorship. As long as you use the words 'elderly' and 'these people'instead of black you can practice free speech.
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      by Voices on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:55 PM in reply to wasteful spending
      It costs to ride transportation. Where is the free ride, because I need it?
  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    the bottom line is our school system in nc is broken. I do not care if it is republican or democrat we cannot continue doing the same stupid things over and over. throw more money, more money more money but stay at the bottom of the national list.
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to
      They are not throwing more money at education. They are taking it left and right (but still demanding more and more.) Much needed teaching positions are being lost each year. Teachers have not seen a raise in over 3 years (not even a cost of living raise) and they were recently told they would not recieve their supplement that many count on. Schools are NOT thrown money by any means.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    This comment has been deleted.
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      by Anonymous on May 17, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to Anonymous
      That's right WITN. The truth should always be deleted. As long as we continue to refuse to discuss the real issues that are causing the problems in public schools the problems will remian ---- but for god sake let's not offend anyone it the process.
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      by Anonymous on May 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM in reply to Anonymous
      WHY????????????
  • by To Teachers on May 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    Respect is earned! Not demanded and complained about when it isn't forthcoming.
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