Pender Co. schools to cut budget by 11%

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County school officials are preparing for Monday night's school board meeting where they will discuss budget cuts for the 2009-2010 school year.

School officials have to cut their budget by 11%, and the county could lose 33 certified positions which includes teachers and principals.

Floretta Simpkins has a 6-year-old granddaughter at Burgaw Elementary and said the students are being short-changed.

"It makes me feel bad because we're already in a dire need of teachers," said Simpkins.

In addition to the 11% budget cut, school officials have to find a way to eliminate 574 miles a day, which isn't easy in Pender County.

"The buses are crowded now and a lot of them aren't in the best shape because they're old," said Shelly Martinez, PTO member of Malpass Corner Elementary.  "So I just don't know how they're going to do it. I know they have to but don't know how they're going to do it."

She said the possibility of losing teachers and assistants has many on edge.

"You wait for the paper each week or something to come out so you know who's going and who's staying," said Martinez.

Pender County School Board members will discuss the budget at Monday night's school board meeting.

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