Pitt County Schools Preparing For Job Cuts

The Pitt County School system says the new state budget could results in the elimination of 270 school jobs.

Pitt County Schools says almost half of the layoffs will be teachers if they are forced to cut jobs.

The school system had estimated a 15 percent budget cut by the state for the upcoming fiscal year. That cut would eliminate 116 teacher across Pitt County.

Superintendent Dr. Beverly Reep proposed a termination plan based on performance, which was voted down by one vote from the school board Monday night. Now Reep will have to adjust the plan to also include administration as well as teachers.

The plan is something Dr. Reep says they hope they will not have to use but need to be prepared.

Dr. Reep will revise the plan and then present it to the board for a vote again at their meeting in May.

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  • by student Location: pitt on Jun 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    First and for most pitt county needs to get rid of the teacher whom just dont care the one who come to school with a problem from home and take it out on the kids . second addresseing the teachers whom cant even control there class the still work while we got teacher whom go aboved and beyond the call of duty to help the children to pass. if we will pitt county would would cut back on some of these rediculs programs we would have money to pay teachers . thanks for reading my comment .
  • by Teacher Location: Pitt Cty on Apr 10, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    I teach in Pitt Cty. I participate on several committees and tutor after school. I also volunteer to chaperone dances, attend school functions in the evenings, and pitch in as needed. For all these extra activities I take home no futher pay. I don't ask for extra pay, for one there isn't any. However we will be approaching the 4th year with nothing extra. Yet the demands have increased. The expectations have increased. And sadly, the negative behaviors have increased. We need to do something about these behaviors because no one wins when children disrupt instruction. I say bring these children to where their parent works and drop them off. If the parent does not work, demand the parent spend the day at school with their child. Students who do the right thing day after day always lose. The system stinks. It's time to take back our schools and allow teachers to teach. Administrators need to be making the calls home and dealing with discipline problems, not the person responsible for instruction. I do agree, a one day assessment test (EOG) is no way to evaluate anyone, yet that is the new policy in Pitt Cty. Children and parents need to share the accountability for growth along with the teacher. As it stands, only the teacher is held accountable. So the teacher can lose his/her job, but the student keeps his/her free lunch status, and the parent continues to receive benefits. Why not tie everything together. To continue receiving all benefits, the teacher his/her job, the student free lunch, and the parent welfare, all must show growth. Then we are all working together. Now the kids are allowed to not care and there are way too many out there. Also we have too many low kids moving forward. All I ask is why? Thanks for reading my comments. Have a pleasant day! And a special thank you to the hard working parents whose children enter the classroom well behaved and are always prepared to learn.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    This year almost all of my classes contain anywhere from 27 - 33 students. What most pople don't get is that in 7th grade, your child should be right at about age 12 starting out. right now I ahve 3 students studying for drivers education tests. Funny thing, they can't read well enough to read the drivers education book. In an ELA class, over 65% of the students have been retained at least once, some more then two. They are not on the Principals List by no means. If you have not stepped into a middle school in the past 10 years or more, you would not believe how it is. We have to walk the kids to lunch in single file, give them assigned seats, go to the bathroom and limit them to only 3 in the bathroom at a time because things happen when more than three go in. Some can't go to the library independently because they have been kicked out for being disruptive and disrespectful to staff. It is almost impossible to fail a child even if they don't pass the EOG's and their core classes. They just get pushed along with no consequences. I know how a lot of you feel about teachers but this is what we deal with every day, no exceptions. Unless you walk in our shoes, try not to criticize us because every day we start out with a smile as we great the fruit of your womb, no matter what you pushed out. If you fix your own home, the rest will fix itself.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    there are enough business trips/vacations by the higher ups to to hire 100 more teachers every year. just look at the numbers.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:39 AM
    Dave is known to be a board troll. He hates ECU and teachers. He's just a sad little man with too much time on his hands.
  • by Teacher7 Location: ENC on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    While people are pointing fingers at whose fault this is... one thing is for sure. If teachers are cut then class size will rise. If you think your kid is learning nothing now, just wait until he/she has to compete with 30-36 students in a class. The best teacher will have a difficult time making sure everyone gets the education they need.
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      by Elizabeth on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:02 AM in reply to Teacher7
      You're so right because some classes are already over crowded & the teachers have a hard time controlling the classes i would hate to think what would happen with all the changes...
  • by Elizabeth on Apr 5, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    I think every1 that's suppose to be a paid official is responible for this mess, they can sit & try to control everything but @ the end of the day who pay the price, we do the tax payer, 2 yrs ago they took money from our checks twice to help with the budget, it was said we was going to get it back but 2 this day we have'nt seen it, also have'nt receive a raise in 3yrs & the cost of living is going up but paychecks say the same.Dr.Reep & Bev Predue is'nt worried cause they have their job intact,I wonder just how much of that deficit money went into their pockets,while they living high on the hog tryin to take other people lively hood away...
  • by Teacher Location: PCS on Apr 5, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    Raise the minimum standard for all Teacher Assistants, require them all to have at least a four year degree. Continue to use performance based data in order to renew yearly contracts for teachers. Eliminate the supplemental bonus for teachers this year. Require all staff to retire from PCS after completing 30 years of service.
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      by Teacher on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:55 PM in reply to Teacher
      Great idea but, who wants to get assistant pay with a 4 year degree? How about if you get a class that is not so great? Should 1 test really show a classes performance for a whole year, people do have bad days. I do agree that after 30 years people should move on.
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        by 30 year teacher on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:09 PM in reply to Teacher
        What if this 30 year teacher is better than most teachers out there?? Don't our students deserve the best teachers????
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        by US-First on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:29 PM in reply to Teacher
        Hummmm start teaching at age 22, forced to retire age 52 because some idiot thinks teaching for 30 years is somehow a detriment to the classroom or the school budget. How many other professionals with 30 years of experience are kicked out of their profession in their mid fifties. Thats just plain stupid thinking. Believe me you could not hire that experience for the salary you are already paying them. You would have to hire one with zero experience for much more than they are worth. The bang for the buck ratio is much better in the experienced teacher! I for one think that except for office staff and janitors, every school employee should be actively teaching. From the principle, vice principle, athletic director, librarian, counselors, coaches... etc. K-12 all professional school employees should be teaching in addition to their administrative jobs. Role of principle and vice principle should rotate and be voted on by the faculty. Extra pay to those teaching and filling administrative roles.
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          by Sue on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:53 AM in reply to US-First
          Seems you have some strong and valid opinions . . . but you need to check your spelling. . . principal not principle.
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      by Sub on Apr 5, 2011 at 08:42 PM in reply to Teacher
  • by To sdw on Apr 5, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    The Democrats controlled the congress from 2006 untill now.
  • by sdw Location: Greenville on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    You're right Dave, state employees and teachers are in danger of being laid off now. Our current leaders did not create this mess. Our previous leaders did. The same problems we are facing now were just as prevelant before Obama. It's just now most republicans have developed a case of amnesia. You all have forgotten that this current financial mess was created under the Bush administration and the republican led congress. So as your newly elected officials try to pin this mess on the democrats, there are those of us who know the whole truth!

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