Some staff at the New Hanover school could be cut under the proposed budget

Teaching assistants demanding higher salaries and other changes attended the New Hanover County School Board meeting Tuesday night.  November 9, 2021.

Under a budget proposed by New Hanover County Schools, the district could face the need to cut more than 200 positions over the next three years.

The proposed budget, approved earlier this month and sent to county commissioners, would give classified staff like teaching assistants and bus drivers a raise to a minimum of $17 an hour over the next three years.

But Superintendent Charles Foust pointed this out in a presentation that comes at a cost: The district may have to cut 230 staff positions to fill budget gaps.

“I’m not denying the fact that we should have these positions, I’m just saying we can’t have it all and then do whatever the board wants,” Foust told the school board at a special meeting held earlier. this month. specifically to discuss budget issues.

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