Libraries have received a lot more attention than schools this budget season.
Stephanie Knott, spokeswoman for the city schools, confirmed again today that state and county budget cuts are eliminating 48.5 teacher positions and 40 teaching assistant positions in the fiscal year beginning July 1. That's a 5 percent cut in the number of teachers and a 17 percent cut in the number of teaching assistants.
Knott says 33 of the 48.5 teacher slots being eliminated are filled by teachers whose contracts are not being renewed. Another 16 are resignations.
In Durham, the school system has found jobs for the majority of teachers being eliminated, by filling vacancies and other means. Knott said Chapel Hill-Carrboro should know more next week whether it can offer jobs to teachers whose slots are being eliminated, and if so how many.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners take their official vote on the county budget Tuesday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road.