WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Beaufort County Board of Education voted to cut 16 teacher assistants (TA) in wake of the expected cuts once the state approves the budget.
Seven of those 16 positions were cut through attrition, and only 9 were active employees.
Sarah Hodges with Beaufort County Schools said these cuts will primarily impact Elementary Schools. Previously, they had avoided cutting active TA positions by using a fund balance.
“We had some other things in place that allowed us to build a fund balance and we’re using that now to not let folks go,” said Beaufort Co. Schools Superintendent Don Phipps. “But we’re at a point where we’re going to run out of money in that fund, and we’re not going to be able to continue to employ those individuals.”
This decision comes just a week after Pitt County Schools decided to cut 25 TA positions.
Beaufort County Commissioners have called a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday August 17 to discuss the TA situation.