Pender Co. teachers uncertain of job security

Reported by Laura Sinacori - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - School leaders statewide are waiting on stimulus funds to pay some salaries, but a delay from Raleigh has made things hard on those teachers and parents.

Wednesday was the first day of school for teachers in Pender County, but for some it is unsettling.

Administrators are waiting to hear from the state on stimulus funds - money that could be used to pay salaries.

With the state still stalling and school set to start in less than a week, some students could be assigned to teachers who could find out they don't have a job.

"It's not fair to treat the teachers this way," said parent Theresa Ryan. "It's promoting no child left behind.  How can you not leave a child behind when you don't support your teachers?"

Thirty-three positions are in jeopardy, but depending how much money the Department of Public Instruction provides, many of those teacher and teacher assistant jobs could be saved.

Ryan said she is angry about how the uncertainties could effect her child.

"The size of the classroom does make a difference," said Ryan. "The principals need to know this. The teachers need to know this, so that they know how to teach the children."

Ryan hopes her child will receive enough attention to succeed, so she won't have to worry about spending money on tutors.

Officials in the state budget offices now have control of the money.  They said they expect to release the numbers within the next business week.

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