Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata is talking about why he felt the need to cut clerical, custodial and Central Office positions in this year's budget.
Tata was interviewed by Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, for Sunday's broadcast of "News and Views." According to N.C. Policy Watch's Progressive Pulse blog, Tata talked about the hard budget issues faced this year and what's coming next year when state and federal funding gets reduced again.
In a preview clip, Tata says he realized how hard it would be on schools to each lose a clerical position.
"But given the choice between a teacher and a clerical position, I made the choice for a clerical position," Tata said. "That hat was my decision, make no mistake about it. The same thing with the custodial positions."
Tata said he also pushed for elimination of some 56 Central Office positions despite objections from staff.
"I said if I'm going to cut clerks and custodians, I'm going to be cutting staffers out of Central Office as well," Tata said. "The initial reaction was wait we've already done this for two years in Central. I said we're going to do it again because i can not in good conscience cut schools without cutting Central Office."
The interview will be aired at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on 101.5 WRAL-FM. You can also catch it after the show airs on N.C. Policy Watch's web site.