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SCPS adopts $30.3M budget

Published 9:48am Saturday, June 15, 2013

BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER
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COURTLAND—The Southampton County School Board unanimously adopted its $30.3 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14 during Monday’s meeting, but not without some concern and discussion.

Superintendent Alvera Parrish reviewed the budget, which includes $1.17 million for food services. She reminded the school board and the public present that the Southampton County Board of Supervisors voted May 28 for $11.04 million in local funding. The school board had earlier requested $11.64 million.

Based on approved amount, said Parrish, the school board was required to cut $670,601 from the local operating budget.

“Due to lack of funding, five critical needs positions were not funded,” she said.

These are a math position and a Spanish position at the high school; an instructional assistant at the middle school level; a librarian for the elementary level; and an administrative assistant at Riverdale Elementary School.

“I think that Spanish and math are dire needs,” said school board member Denise Bunn. She indicated that perhaps the vote be delayed so that money could be found for those slots.

But Parrish reminded everyone that teacher contracts were scheduled to go out this week, so the budget approval is needed as soon as possible.

The staff was asked to work on the matter, and Christopher Smith Sr., board chairman, suggested a special meeting could be called later when money is found.

“We’ll be going back at board’s request to get the two positions,” said Parrish. “We’ll look at existing revenue. It’ll be tight, but we’ll find a way.”

  • ateacher

    It is clear that the Board of Supervisors have a different vision about funding the public schools then does the majority of their constituents. Back in January or February BOS meeting, a resolution was passed that resolved that Southampton County was a “Child Friendly” community. By the actions of this BOS during the past two budget periods, it is clear they do not really mean it.

    Suggest Removal

  • Natalya

    The county needs to really step things up and stop underfunding the school system each year before it goes downhill. The 2% raise that was suggested across the entire state isn’t going to teachers at SCPS and they don’t have the money to fill all the positions needed.

    The writing is on the wall.

    Suggest Removal

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