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School central office cuts need to be made before asking the county taxpayers for more money

By Daniel Sundberg
Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Silk Hope, NC - The Chatham County Board of Education has canceled their meeting for Monday, May 2 with the Board of Commissioners. This was to be the meeting where the school superintendent would present his 2011-2012 budget request.

I think the BOE needs to make sure all the cuts to central office available to the school are made before they ask Chatham County for more money. We are the sixth highest county in school local spending at present.

On April 11, we were told by the superintendent that the good news for that night was that we could reduce the amount of cuts needed because of the percentage of retirement benefits required by the state was reduced. This would save the county $311,000.

Siperintendent Robet Logan did not use this savings to put back the four Spanish teachers being cut and adding the two more needed to be effective. The first thing Mr. Logan did was add back one of his Central Office staff. This is a clear indication of his priorities and the disregard for the mandate by the BOE and Commissioners to "make the cuts as far from the classroom as possible."

The $ 2,768 ,359 proposed budget cut was reduced to $ 2,431 ,173 from scenario 9 to scenario 9B and 9C. A difference of $337,186. This is close to the amount that was the justification of reconfiguring our K-8 schools into K-5 schools and putting our kids into an inadequate middle school, ( or spending $6 to $10 million to upgrade it), and disrupting 900 students. It is also arguably more than the actual operational budget savings would have been.

Why did he put that that many parents and community members to that much effort to save our schools? Why did he use this justification of savings to the very end pitting the K-8 parents against the middle schools and K-5 schools?

Logan used the justification that if we kept our K-8 schools, the middle schools will be have no choice but to have no band, less PE, less or no art and many teachers would be cut. Mr. Logan did not come to the commissioners to ask for the $511,000 to avoid reconfiguration then and he should not be coming to them now.

He is being pressured to cut central office and is asking for money to avoid that necessity. I hope all the parents that were put through this hardship will write or call the BOC to let them know we need teachers more than central office staff.

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