The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 5, 2013

BOE could eliminate 10 classroom teachers


TARBORO — Ten classroom teacher positions are on the chopping block in the Edgecombe County Public Schools’ 2013-2014 budget.

Members of the Edgecombe County Board of Education, at their 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting in the central office board rooms, will vote on the budget, which was presented to them at last month’s meeting.

The budget also calls for the elimination of four lead Common Core teachers (coaches) and 16 teacher assistants.  Common Core is the new curriculum that was implemented in the district this school year; thus, the coaching positions are new.

“These are difficult recommendations, but we tried to save as many teachers’ positions as we can while still trying to maintain the same instructional programs, while making fiscally sound decisions,” Superintendent John Farrelly told the board at the March 11 meeting.

Of the classroom teacher position cuts, 5.75 of them come from W.A. Pattillo School because of a decrease in enrollment. The main reason that Farrelly cited for the cuts is the district’s loss of 318 students this year with the opening of the county’s only charter school, North East Carolina Prep School.

Other recommended budget cuts include the elimination of the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program at SouthWest and Edgecombe Early College High Schools, Kagan training, and a central office position. Farrelly said the school principals agreed that they could maintain the strategies of AVID and Kagan without funding for the programs. Kagan structures are research-based instructional strategies that have a record of improving academic achievement and social outcomes.

The board will welcome public comments at Monday’s meeting, but those wishing to speak must register prior to the beginning of the meeting and abide by the three-minute time limitation.

In other action at the meeting, the board will vote on the approval of a Coker-Wimberly Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization spring fundraiser.

Also on the agenda are the following items for information:

A $400,000, four-year grant to establish a 21st Century Community Learning Centers program next school year for the purpose of providing additional instruction and activities for students after school and during the summer.

Mid-year high-school student graduation applications

A CTE (Career and Technical Education) Advisory Committee meeting update

A joint playground use initiative

A tenure eligibility list for district teachers

A list of upcoming field trips.

The board also will recognize the district’s employee of the month – Phillip Lampron, curriculum specialist at C.B. Martin Middle School.