As has become the case recently, there was more gloomy news at today's school board budget work session.
Elementary schools may not be able to offer as many specials due to a change in the teacher allotment formula. The impact could be more noticeable at smaller schools.
Schools will likely see a reduction in their allotments for academically gifted teachers. In particular, new schools will see a cut.
Funding will also be cut to help students cover the cost for attending national academic competitions.
And there was skepticism that Gov. Bev Perdue's call to increase per pupil state funding will actually take place and blunt the impact of funding cuts.
Next step is Tuesday's budget public hearing. Usually few people speak but things could change this year due to all the potential cuts.