Schools here in the East and across the state are scrambling to figure out just how much they'll have to cut and where to make those cuts. That's because the State Senate approved a spending plan for next year that requires schools across the state to cut millions.
In Pitt County--the school system would have to cut 6.8 million dollars for next year. According to Superintendent Dr. Beverly Reep, those cuts are going to have an impact in the classroom. She says the budget is more optimistic compared to the previous one in that lawmakers are trying to keep teacher assistant and teacher jobs. But the problem she says is that they are putting the hard decisions onto individual school systems to make the cuts. Dr. Reep says some jobs may have to be cut. She says, "How do you come up with 6 to 7 million dollars from largely instructional related revenue streams without it having an impact on the classroom."
School systems across the state are being asked to make cuts. In Onslow County--they too could potentially have to cut 6.8 million for next year. And in Craven County they would have to cut 4.3 million.