GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County administrators could cut tutors and teaching assistants from classrooms next year, depending on the state and county budget.
Pearce Elementary Principal Erik Naglee said educators deserve a pay raise but not at the expense of support staff and classroom supplies.
“There is a concern that we’re going to have to either lose all of the tutors or decrease the amount of hours that directly impacts our student achievement,” Naglee explained. “We had the highest third grade scores in the district last year in large part because of the TA’s and our tutors helping in that process.”
One of Pearce’s teaching assistants is Anthony Freeman. He works with four different grade levels of students and is taking night classes to become a school counselor.
“I think it would be a shame to cut them. As education keeps changing, and it’s becoming more challenging and more rigorous, if you cut out any position in education- any position you’re really hurting the students.”
Naglee believes it’s already been harder to keep up with struggling students at Pearce since the number of tutors was cut from eight to four over the last three years. Teachers and TA’s are doing their best to keep up.
GCS has spent $2.65 million for tutors across the district. A school system spokesperson explained, “Each school is being impacted by the budget cuts in a different way; while some schools may be cutting tutors, others are making cuts in other areas.”
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is hosting a public hearing about the budget, including school funding. It will be Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Old County Courthouse at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro.