Guilford County Schools face steep budget cuts

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tough decisions are going to have to be made within the Guilford County Schools, as the school board budgeted $389 million for next school year, but the state is giving them $3.5 million less.

The number of teaching assistants has already been reduced, $330,000 will be cut from programs that help children who have English as their second language, but there will have to be even more cuts.

"We are talking about really basic things: supplies for classrooms like paper, copy paper, notebooks, glue sticks, crayons, teachers. We’re talking about the nuts and bolts of what it means to make school happen in a quality way for kids,” explained Nora Carr, with Guilford County Schools.

Nearly 85 percent of the school budget goes toward teacher salaries. Every department will be analyzed and more jobs could be cut.

“It’s been a tough budget year and we aren’t seeing any bright spots on the horizon, unfortunately,” explained Angie Henry, GCS Chief Financial Officer.

This is the fifth year Guilford County Schools have had budget reductions.

School board members will host at least two more meetings before any decisions are made.

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