Teaching jobs on the line in Johnston County

JOHNSTON COUNTY Superintendent Ed Croom tells ABC11 Eyewitness News that the 113 teaching positions include some that are filled. The school system is also looking at job cuts in the central office, which could mean layoffs for an unspecified number of employees. Croom sat down with school board members Thursday to discuss the proposed budget and to see what they could do to minimize the impact inside the classroom.

The $57 million budget proposed by the superintendent includes an increase of about $895,000 in funding, as the proposed budget calls for a decrease in the amount the system spends per student.

It also calls for possible reductions in a number of other areas, including central office, rental facilities and teacher supplements.

Meanwhile, the school district is expecting to gain about 700 more students in the next year.

Once the board makes all the necessary changes on the proposed budget, they have until May 15 to approve it and send it to the county commissioners.

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