Wake County commissioners Stan Norwalk and Tony Gurley got into a tussle Monday over the possibility of teacher layoffs in next year's schools budget.
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, Norwalk warned that the school system might have to fire as many as 2,000 teachers to make up for expected cuts in state funding and the loss of federal stimulus funding it received for the current year.
Norwalk got an angry response from Gurley, the board chairman, when Norwalk proposed that the county sell unused land and convert the proceeds into operating expenses.
“Everything you are saying is so off-the-wall,” Gurley said.
Norwalk persisted, predicting a possible shortfall of $120 million and suggesting that the system consider means such as using more portable and modular classrooms instead of building new schools.
“That’s serious stuff,” Norwalk said. “When that hits the headlines ...”
Gurley broke in: “So that’s what this is about, generating headlines.”
The school board and administrators haven't publicly gotten into specifics yet about how it will deal with the loss of $100 million or more in funding next year.