Layoffs, school closure, options as Craven Co. Schools predict budget shortfall

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Due to reduced funding in areas, Craven County School officials said they could be facing about a $3.5 million shortfall for next year.

Carr Ipock, Chairman of the Board of Ed, said they are looking at a variety of options that would help cut costs. Some of those included continued reduction in staff through attrition, cutting certain programs, and cost saving when it comes to special education.

He said although this wouldn’t be their first choice, he couldn’t rule out possible staff layoffs or closing a school all together.

“If we don’t achieve the target by attrition, and if we can’t find other places to compress and save, it could be that what’s on the table are actual jobs,” Ipock said.

He said their most recent audit came back clean, and this shortfall isn’t a result of money mismanagement. They are asking parents to weigh in on what services they think could be cut without impacting education. To view a list of options and the budget presentation, click here.

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