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Chapel Hill-Carrboro releases budget reduction plan

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Last week, Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the state budget, meaning Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools must now figure out what to do with the estimated $2.8 million loss they face.

The school board will be discussing details at Thursday's general meeting, but a copy of a tentative plan for the district has been posted on their website.

After the jump, a breakdown of the cuts (according to the posted document) and what the district plans to do to address each:

Discretionary reduction - $1,803,275

The school district planned their allotments for class sizes that are two students larger than last year's in grades 4-12. This cut out around 30 teaching positions, which is equivalent to the discretionary reduction in the budget. These positions were, in general, reduced through attrition.

No more teachers are expected to be cut, and most of the 40 teaching assistants in limbo wil be able to return. There will be five fewer elementary classroom teachers next year. Between middle and high school, the district expects class sizes to stay around the same.

Textbooks - $386,488

There won't be new high school math textbooks, basically.

Improving Student Accountability - $194,448

Last year, this money was used to support struggling students and staff development. But it's not the only money that does so, so these funds aren't coming back. There's money from a disadvantaged student supplemental fund available. The school saved almost $200,000 in this pool when they cut summer school short by four days this year.

Central Office - $123, 858

$750,000 was already cut from the central office because of local budget reductions. It's unclear how they'll accommodate this addition.

Staff Development - $89,383

All staff development funds from the state have been eliminated. Each school keeps a small reserve for staff development, and Title I schools receive additional monies, however.

Non-instructional Support - $80,333

This includes custodial staff, office personnel and substitutes. Right now, there are two vacant custodial positions - they just won't be filled.

School Technology - $72,127

While this cut may hurt, there are other sources for technology funding from the state. Also, IDEA funds for special education students can be applied to school technology.

Transportation - $45,388

Right now, there aren't any plans to eliminate after-school buses but there may be fewer buses, once routes are re-jiggered. Sometimes, the school district gets extra bus money from field trips, so they aren't asking for a new allocation for this.

Limited English - $29,772

It's possible this may be restored with local funds.

Mentor Positions - $15,321

These are federal Title II funds that support mentoring and should not impact the district significantly.

Total State Reductions: $2,840,392

So, what's next? The board will meet and see if they can re-allocate some of the local funds to restore some monies to possible new teacher positions, ESL, staff development, central office and non-instructional support. They think they'll have an extra $200,000 in local funds because of the extra stimulus money.

And Orange County Schools folks, don't worry: I'll post up their information as soon as I get it.


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Someone Please

tell me why a school system needs a "writing" program to "encourage" students for greater achievemnet. Looks to me that this 125k a year position is merely taking the place of the old fashioned procedure of "get bad grades" and you are grounded, punished and or have all of your favorite little toys taken away. Oh, I forgot which county and town's we are refering to. How dare it be suggested that the parents of these "academically in the middle" children actually make the children accountable for slacking off. Or suggest that they take away all the spoiled kid's luxuries in order to "encourage" achievement or better grades. For God's sakes man, make your kids earn something for once in their life. A teenager needs to earn things by hard work. How can a "writing" class provide more encouragement or gratification than actually working hard and getting good grades. 125K a year sure would help to hire 3-4 more teaching positions. But then again, this school system would probably hire (1) to teach sanskrit, another specializing in body art (we hate to take away our children's right to free expression, we want to "encourage" it), a third specializing in Darwanism and the debunking of the Christain faith. And last but not least, the fourth would teach "The transgendered community and you", a special course for all students who plan to attend a four year university and then return home to take their place in society as an Orange county resident.

AVID directory

Elivsboy77...The director of the AVID has held that position for the past 3 years. She has now been assigned to be the Gifted Education coordinator IN ADDITION to that position. The Gifted Education Coordinaor position was a full time position which means that 1 person will now be in charge of 2 full time positions.


Is that so?  What about this statement from the CHCCS press release?  How do you explain it?  Sounds like you are mistaken.


"In addition to this appointment, CHCCS will employ a full-time lead teacher for gifted education to provide more support during the transition and for the state process of program review in the spring of 2010."


Don't confuse him with facts; he can't handle them, or take the time to research the things he complains about or criticizes before hitting the keyboard.  I guess it's his scientific method: ready, fire, aim!

This morning

They announced the new "Director" of "AVID". Wonder how much this person is paid? We will never know. The cuts in the main office are, I am sure a fraction of what could be cut.

Classic CHCCS.

Salaries are public information

Dear John Kramer,

 If you want to know the salary of the AVID director, do the work and find out. It's public information.


Over $125k per year, not bad.   I wonder how many kids who are struggling could be helped with that money.

Teacher salaries

Yeah, it's really pitiful that qualified educators expect to draw a salary comparable to that of less educated engineers.

One can always count

on an Orange Progressive for a personal attack.  Even better when they are untrue.  Very smart. Thanks.

I did not think this "AVID" "Gifted" person actually taught classes too, as you imply.  But what do I know, I am not an Orange Progressive, just a dumb engineer.  Maybe I should stick to driving my train.

How about administrators take a pay cut?

Maybe in light of the circumstances, our highly paid administration could take a voluntary pay cut of ten percent, rather than take it out of mentors. school books, and transportation. Times are tough, either they believe in what they are doing, or they don't!

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Sadia Latifi has been a reporter for The News & Observer since June 2009. She currently covers the town of Cary. E-mail her.