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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks in New Hanover County got to voice their opinions about the county’s proposed budget Monday night. During a County Commissioners meeting, nearly an hour was allotted to residents who wanted amendments to the budget.

Funding for education was one of the main issues discussed. Tim Markley, the New Hanover County Schools superintendent, requested $1 million for their operating budget, the same amount that was allotted last year.

“We’re looking at a $17 million shortfall,” Markley said. “That $1 million is not going to fill that entire shortfall, but it will help us save some positions, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said he would be willing to give New Hanover County chools $600,000 instead of the $1 million, and would like to see the district use its money more wisely.

“You’ve got to be a better steward of tax payers’ dollars,” Barfield said. “We have schools that are understaffed in terms of students, but we have some schools that have an abundance of trailers. That lets me know that you’re not distributing the students in a proper manner.”

Barfield said he was shocked that the only school board member to attend was Elizabeth Redenbaugh, who was recognized at the beginning of the meeting for her recent “Profile in Courage Award.”

Bradley Coxe spoke on behalf of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. He says as of now, no money is being provided by the county even though the organization has requested funding for several years. Coxe says there are several things the money could help provide.

“These are things like food, shelter, blankets, medicine, anything that they need during that disaster,” Coxe said.

The County Commission will vote on the proposed budget plan at its next meeting June 20.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Could it have been a Boycott?

If I were a School Board member, I would not have attended either, especially knowing that there was going to be another acknowledgement of a double crossing back stabbing FAKE Republican like E.R., who was recognized at the beginning of the meeting for her recent “Profiles in Courage Award.”


Pfffffffft! again!

2015 years 10 months ago

Some of the school board members did not attend a county budget meeting that would determine how many $$ the school system may get from the county — all because Ms. Redenbaugh was honored — ??

If that is what really happened it is a sad statement about the dysfunction of the school board. Redistricting won — but the folks who voted for it don’t seem to see themselves as winners! Move on, get over the Profiles in Courage Award, work together for our kids — please act your age! If board members can’t do the job as elected officials because they’re miffed about an award maybe it’s time to get new leadership on the board (and I don’t mean replacing Ms. Redenbaugh).

2015 years 10 months ago

I was there. Barfield compared Redenbaugh to Jesus Christ for her “courageous” stand. She got up there and martyred herself right there at the podium; and talked about how her “courage” was inspired by a sermon on the book of Genesis. These progressives and their God-complexes is really annoying; as is their social gospel, which they position as the moral authority for everyone – except themselves.

Tell me what’s so courageous about hypocrisy? Redenbaugh benefits personally from the neighborhood schools setup. Her children attend Parsley, which is the nearest school to her home. If schools were designated by the way she claims they should, her children would be shipped downtown to balance socioeconomics.

This has become the battle-cry of the progressives – “do as I say, not as I do”.

Sherry W
2015 years 10 months ago

I couldn’t agree more! If you’re going to ask for a million dollars in funding….you might want to SHOW UP! Any board memeber who felt as strongly about the budget crisis as they all claim would have been there to voice an opinion. How on earth did they think they were going to convince the commissioners to open up the purse strings without showing solidarity on the issue. It would be like me expecting the bank to hand me a check for my new home simply because I’ve sent out a few emails to stress how badly the money is needed but without bothering to fill out a loan document?

I think it’s time for a new board all together. This group obviously can’t put aside their own personal issues in order to get the job done. I think the children could do a better job quite frankly.


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