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Stimulus money helps area schools, but cuts still need to be made

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Thanks to the president's stimulus plan, schools in our five counties will get nearly 30 million dollars. Despite the financial shot in the arm, New Hanover County Schools will still have to cut each department's budget by five percent. Even with nine million dollars in federal stimulus money, New Hanover County still has to make cuts to the tune of ten million dollars. It is a sign of the economic times. “It’s something the whole country is facing right now. And many of us are facing it at home. So unfortunately is a familiar process,” said Valita Quattelbaum, a NHC school spokesperson. The superintendent, department heads and school board members met to revise and discuss where the budget will be slashed. Cutting back on travel expenses, raising ticket costs at sporting events, and even something as simple as cutting back on office supplies were some ideas. Last on the list is cutting teaching positions. "One thing we are attempting to do is transfer people around and move people around as much as possible so that way we can keep from eliminating jobs,” said Elizabeth Redenbaugh of the NHC school board. The stimulus money is earmarked to help pay teachers salaries and extra educational support programs. The amount of money varies. Title 1 schools, schools that have more than 35 percent of kids from low-income families will get a little more. Here's the breakdown: Bladen county schools get $1.7 million for title one schools and $1.3 million for schools with special needs programs; Brunswick $2.1 and $2.8; Columbus $1.9 and $1.6; Whiteville City schools $951,000 and $596,000; Pender county $1.1 and $1.6. The added funds will help these schools ensure educational programs don't suffer, but is it enough? From here, the New Hanover County School Board will have to approve its budget in April.

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Teachers

Teachers here in this county do not work hard. there just there to get there hours and go.if they are so worried abot our edcation then why is North carolina the lowest.

Above all, it's the kids

Above all, it's the kids that will suffer most. Make no mistake--anybody with a three piece suit will be fine. The may appear concerned in their P.R. statements, but that's just for show.

Shortfalls & Education Lottery monies

Perpare to get Livid folks... I've read 3 comments on "where" is the "Education" Lottery funds are, or will be going.. While a Supporter of the Lottery itself, 'IF" proceeds go into the Public Schools system.. Our newly elected Gov. Beverly Perdue, on Friday, as reported in another upstate newspaper, faces a 2 to 3 BILLION, shortfall in NC's Fiscal Budget next year.. She going to raid the "Education fund" folks.. I Quote, " Perdue has said she may transfer $300 million from several special accounts into the depleted general fund. That includes nearly $38 million in scheduled lottery allocations to counties and $50 million from the lottery reserve fund."..... Are you getting "Livid" yet?

General Fund

Isn't the General Fund depleted because the ruling party in years past broke their necks to recklessly spend any and all tax money they could get their hands on? Now, they want to treat the schools like they treated the highway trust fund for years and steal from them.

re: general fund

You are correct, the fund was raided because of the previous party (Democrat). You must remember Mike Easley was the previous Govenor (the past eight years), and he was a democrat, not republican. The Lottery was voted on at the state level and also funds were allocated at the state level. The implication here is that it was a republican that did this, but not so. Jim Hunt was Govenor the years before Mr. Easley, he also was a democrat. North Carolina has had a democrat Govenor for years and they have not been fiscally responsible. I know it's easy to want to blame President Bush since he was the president at the time, but he was not the one residing over the state budget. Your local government is responsible for that. By the way, Bev Pervue was Mike Easleys Lieutenant Govenor, I'm sure she was well aware that money was being taken out of these funds.

Its sad the employees have

Its sad the employees have to suffer for the economic down turn.As i am a employee of the school system.They school system need to cut big management back,not there jobs but there pay.i would take a pay cutt to keep my job but no i guess.

Are the 3 or 4 school board

Are the 3 or 4 school board members still planning on taking a "vacation" in California? I've heard it's about $5,000 a piece for this training.

Education stimulus

If the stimulus is for teacher's salaries then why are they discussing cutting teacher's positions? Wouldn't they have to give the money back if they don't use it for that purpose? Doesn't make sense to me. There are plenty of other pork projects in this county that can be cut-the convention center for example, 4.2million cut for Titan to build here, let the public go through the budget and decide what will be cut since the county commissioners are discussing making cuts on teachers when that's what it's supposed to be used for. We need to start putting our children first on the list then maybe we can finally have quality growth and development. They are our future.

re: economic stimilus

The stimilus money is for "shovel ready" projects. This will be used for construction projects such as building bike paths etc. You can go to Gov. Perdue's homepage and see where the money is going. Very little will go to saving teachers jobs. While thousands are slated for education, most is for construction projects such as building a bike path at Bradley Creek School and other shovel ready projects at school sites. It's somewhat misleading to say that thousands are going to education, when so little is going to save the teachers and for actual educational materials within the classrooms.

who is watching the money

the last thing any school needs is funds cut for teachers, I don't care what county you are in. Pender, Brunswick, New Hanover, Teachers's jobs need to stay and add to. Look at who managing the money. that is what needs to be change, Why do school systems spend $130,000 for each trailer they have at schools. with no alarm systems, mold, etc... cut some of the buses Have you looked at the lines at schools in the morning and in the afternoon with cars. why run the buses if nobody is going to ride them. change the ones that are watching the money. I know you would see a big savings there.

BUDGET CUTS OF 5 PERCENT

BUDGET CUTS OF 5 PERCENT MUST BE MADE ,WHERE IS THE LOTTERY MONEY GOING AND THE REDLIGHT MONEY, AND A 30 MILLION STIMILUS , WAIT NOW SOMETHING IS NOT ADDING UP OH WAIT THE CAFETERIA LIGHTS HAVE TO BE 14 KT GOLD AND THE KIDS CAVIAR MUST BE RUSSIAN ONLY THE FINEST AND THE LIMO DRIVERS AND BUTLERS AND MAIDS WENT ON STRIKE , WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL IN THE EARLY 80S , I WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN YOU 5,000 FOR MY SCHOOL THE PROPERTY IT SAT ON OR THE BUSES OR THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CAUSE THAT WAS ALL IT HAD ,BACK IN THE 80S YOU DIDNT USE WORDS LIKE 1 MILLION AND A PUBLIC SCHOOL IT DIDNT MAKE SENSE ,I WANT A REFUND OR I WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND DO IT OVER AGAIN BECAUSE I AM DEFINETLY MISSING OUT AND YES I HAVE NOTICED THESE LUXIOURIOUS SCHOOLS BEING BUILT THERE LIKE THE BILTMORE ESTATE NOW AND IT IS PUBLIC OH A 5 PERCENT BUDGET CUT WOW NO RIBEYES AND FILETMIGNON TILL THIS RECESSION BLOWS OVER DANG

question?

how is it that there still need to be cuts when the schools are getting that much money in stimulus on top of all the millions that the "educational lottery" has supposedly contributed to schools? how in the world did the schools ever manage financially in the past if they can't manage now with all this extra financial help? this isn't meant to be sarcastic either... i really want to know!

I'll tell you where the

I'll tell you where the money is i work for the county its all in the positions that are not needed and these people sit in there office all day and make 40 thousand a year and all they do is take up space when they need workers not more people to hold chairs and desk down. this is the problem across the whole county a one person job has 5 people and a 5 person job is done by one.

Schools and money

Excellent questions about school budgeting. The schools being built today do not have added amenitites- but they are built to code. That means advanced air filtration systems, better building supplies, ventalation. The things that are needed to keep them safe and healthy places. I am totally in agreement that the trailers need to go- *that* is why the new schools are being built and old schools are rennovated. While the money seems generous- it is really minimal in the long run. The economy impacts at all levels- the price of textbooks and supplies, technology (which is needed and vital), the addition of new teaching positions in order to serve the growing population. The 'hidden costs' of standardized testing materials and basic needs like paper towels. Toilet paper. Water fountains that work. The schools/ teachers in these areas work hard. Many systems are cutting costs by shifting paperwork to electronic forms (copies are expensive beyond belief), reducing field trips, cutting staff development funds and yes- requiring teachers to provide thier own office supplies. We all need to work together to make it through this crisis- and hopefully it becomes a good lesson for our children that we can adapt, change, cut back without giving up.

Here's an idea to improve

Here's an idea to improve education, increase parental involvement and reduce cost.. Have the parents of each child be required to A- help supply needed materials, B- spend req'd time in the schools to help the teaching staff, after school program, etc, C- make a contribution to the teachers that are teaching/ watching their kids to improve resources for the classroom. The rationalization is then parents better understand the resourcing constraints placed on the schools, as well as parental involvement for their child education

I don't know where your kids

I don't know where your kids go to school but we already do all of that. There is a long list at the beginning of school for needed supplies and it keeps coming all year long. We also spend time volunteering in the classroom and you can bet the teachers waste no time making themselves scarce after a few parent volunteers show up. As for making a contribution? No. Teachers become teachers because that is the career path they chose. They go to college for four years, and especially in NC with all that it is complained upon, they know full well what the salary is upfront. The lower grades have 1-2 assistants and parent volunteers, the middle grades have assistants per grade to help with paperwork and supervision, and the higher grades at my kids' school usually has either an assistant or a student teacher on hand to help out. When I was in the sixth grade, my teacher, without any assistants or parent volunteers, held class for 45 or more students as she taught both fifth and sixth grade in one classroom. She kept order and we actually LEARNED something. And I daresay she was paid far less than any of the teachers out there today. If a person graduating from high school in this day and time does not want to put up with the garbage these students hand out today and try and teach them something for the going rate of salary, then I suggest when they apply for college, they choose another field of study.