Kannapolis schools face $2.1M budget shortfall

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kannapolis City Schools is planning to eliminate jobs to help fill a estimated $2.1 million budget shortfall.
During a Board of Education budget work session this morning, Superintendent Dr. Pam Cain said the school system is anticipating a 10 percent funding cliff due to proposed state cuts.
Annie Laura Pickett, the school system’s personnel administrator, said the number of employees who will be slashed is uncertain at this time, but she did provide some raw figures.
About 42 percent of administrators would be affected with 14 of the district’s 33 administrators, both school based and central office, either being eliminated or reduced.
Twenty-three of the 434, or 5.3. percent, teaching positions are on the line.
Noncertified personnel, which ranges from teacher assistants to clerical support, would take about a 10 percent cut with the elimination of 33 jobs.
Noncertified staff is also expected to see reductions of 26.1 percents, affecting 85 employees.
“We have tried to minimize the affects on the classroom as much as we possibly could,” Pickett said.
This is the first time since the school system began recessionary spending that jobs will be eliminated.
“The last two years we’ve cut virtually everything we could except personnel,” she said.
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