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Pender school leaders don't like Perdue's budget

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ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) -- The Pender County School District held a luncheon today to voice its opinion about Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget. The district hoped to address its concerns to state Representatives Sandra Spaulding Hughes and Carolyn Justice, but only Sen. R.C. Soles attended today's meeting.

Many people came out to discuss and evaluate where possible cuts would be in the school system if Perdue's budget goes through. The school system's finance director says about nine percent of full-time teachers could be cut due to budget reductions. Many say they've suffered enough from past budget cuts.

"We feel like we've cut just about everything that we can cut," Superintendent Allison Sholar said. "Across the board it's just a double whammy across the board as far as support for our teachers and for out students."

Budget reductions could also mean no money for textbooks, limited funds for technology and fewer school materials.

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They should get ready

to like it even less; as should every taxpayer in NC.

The Senate sub-committee, working this week on the budget proposes a spending REDUCTION of $340,000,000 for Public Education, that's Kindergarden through 12th Grade.

A Spending REDUCTION of $37,000,000 for the Community College system.

A Spending REDUCTION of $144,000,000 for the UNC system.

Anyone should realize the latter 2 will result in increases in fees and tuition.

Remember

you got what you voted for. If you thought the "Education" Governor would be your salvation, you thought wrong.

Her budget proposal is a travesty. Her own Party admits it needs a lot of revision.

The one person who could have fought the battle is stepping down. Senator Soles, head of the Senate Finance Committee is on his retirement tour.

But here are a couple of thoughts on cutting the gap:

1. Eliminate all school resource officers. Use the funds for education. Throw the disruptive element out of school; hold their parents accountable for their behaviour. Let them attend the juvenile detention facility school if they won't abide by the normal school bahavioural policies.

2. Send the Pender County chapter of the NAACP a bill for all the time and effort spent responding t their frivilous charges.

There's a start.

Remember

AMEN