NHCS Board to to get rid of more than 200 positions

Wilmington, NC (WWAY)-- The New Hanover County School Board has to get rid of more than 200 positions.

In addition to 51 jobs the board decided last night to cut, it is also trimming 161 temporary positions that were funded by federal stimulus funds and other grants.

Superintendent Tim Markley says he was surprised by the magnitude of the cuts made necessary because of funding cuts from the county and state.

"We knew coming in that there were going to be some very serious reductions in our schools budgets and we were prepared to deal with those reductions," Markley said. "I don't think anyone anticipated the depth of the cuts we've seen this year."

The cuts are because of a 17.5 million dollar reduction in budget from federal, state and county sources.

That is 8% of the districts operating budget.

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Markley said. "I don't think anyone anticipated the depth of the cuts we've seen this year."
Why Not, Markley?

You been sleeping under a rock or something?

But be sure we vote to fund terminal groins to protect millionaires' beach houses. Priorities, priorities.

Interesting argument - who deserves to get back what they pay to support government every year versus who gets to reap lots of benefits without paying a cent....

You might get more sympathy by leaving the millionaires alone and instead mentioning Medicaid, TANF, unemployment-for-life, and food vouchers as sucking money away from education. We simply can't afford to feed them, house them, treat their boo-boos AND educate them.

Those whose property is protected by groins get back far more than they pay out in taxes. Even if it was a wash, that would mean that you are not paying your fair share that is necessary to run this nation, because you're getting it all back. You're no better than the welfare set, so you have no room to complain about them. Those who are fool enough to build in harm's way should not cry the blues when that structure is gone and shouldn't expect taxpayers to protect your property.

but why is this a surprise? From Day 1, anyone who could read without rose colored glasses knew Federal Money would end; and end it is. Even the Governor & the Annointed One, at some point will have to face reality. You can not spend more than you take in.