School district facing financial criticism

JOHNSTON COUNTY On Friday morning, school leaders held a news conference in reference to recent criticism of its financial decisions as well as to announce potential cutbacks.

At the emergency news conference, the board not only talked money, but also about the criticism its faced over funding issues and its sometimes contentious relationship with the Johnston County Board of Commissioners.

Much like school systems across the state, Johnston County School Systems has been using federal stimulus dollars to make payroll for hundreds of employees. That money will run out next year --add to that pending state and local cuts school, and board members say it will be devastating.

"We anticipate unparallel cuts from state and local government, if it falls below $51 million for 2011-12 school the systems will lose $11 million+ in low wealth money," said Larry Strickland with Johnston County Schools.

The school system says it's tried to trim where it can, including leaving some classrooms without furniture. However, they've also faced scrutiny for recent pay raises given to top school leaders.

School leaders have not said when they will release details about the cuts.

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