One of the most difficult tasks for any school board member is to authorize budget cuts.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools was fortunate to enter the recent recession with a healthy fund balance, which we strategically used to protect our programs and people while state funding dropped drastically.
Unfortunately, that well has dried up, and we are faced this year with having to make heartbreaking decisions.
In recent years, we have streamlined procedures and efficiencies, shrunk our central office and reduced spending – but always with the goal of protecting the quality of our classroom instruction.
Without the support of the Orange County Board of Commissioners and our entire community things would be much worse.
Unfortunately, more cuts are needed this year.
To that end, I want to take a minute to address misinformation that is circulating regarding a potential cut to our custodial staff. I would ask all readers to please examine the following facts:
Thank you for considering all the facts, and for your continued support of our schools.
Jamezetta Bedford is the chairwoman of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.