Cumberland teachers rally for back to school

Thousands of teachers and school employees attend a back to school rally in Fayetteville Tuesday (Lou Guilette)

August 21, 2012 2:57:20 PM PDT
Thousands of teachers and school employees had good reason to celebrate at a back to school rally in Fayetteville Tuesday. Cumberland County Schools has managed to preserve hundreds of jobs despite losing millions in funding.

This fiscal year, the district lost about $11 million in federal funding and about $5 million from the state. That meant district administrators had to do some creative budgeting.

"Our Fund Balance is saving about 300 jobs here. So, if it wasn't for our Fund Balance, we'd be cutting 300 more jobs. So, we're looking at all those things we were able to absorb some of the other cuts by doing some things differently. Our goal is still to move forward and look at essential standards to do the best we can," explained Superintendent Dr. Frank Till.

The school system is also coming off a banner year with end-of-grade test scores up.  In addition, the system will open the New Century Middle School in the Jack Britt district in November.

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