When Governor Pat McCrory signed the state’s new budget into law earlier this month, local school districts knew to expect budget cuts, but just how severe was unknown, until now.
Jackson County Superintendent Dr. Michael Murray informed his board that the recently approved state budget will force the county to exhaust the district’s fund balance to balance the books.
Murray explained that through the efforts of the previous administration, the school board, and administrators not rehiring, Jackson County has been able to save approximately $1.6 million for the district’s fund balance. “We have been using these “rainy day dollars” to maintain our programs/teacher assistants etc., without having to ask the county commissioners for additional dollars during my last three board budget presentations,” said Murray. “We have only asked them to hold us harmless without having to lay off any employees.”