The Pender Board of Education has made it known that they are anti-tourism even though the major part of their budget comes from the eastern part of Pender County. The county finances are not strong enough in this economy to justify add extra transportation cost, busing students from 3 High Schools to CFCC North Campus plus running the bus 3 weeks early for High School Students when the program is only open to Jr & Sr. One of the area that will be looked at for cuts is sports travel, so coach you may not have to worry about fielding teams and getting players to school early you may not have anywhere to go play. People need to attend these meetings, look at the cost, look at how few students will benefit from this program, and understand that even though it is promoted as free realize that nothing in life is free someone will pay for this program the Community College Instructors don't volunteer their time, the book company doesn’t donate books and diesel for a fleet of buses doesn’t some from a back yard well. The added expense for child care for some families in these times will be unbearable. This is your tax rate both local and state that will pay for this program.
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