Parents, school employees speak at GCS budget public hearing

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. - Parents and teachers are tired of cutting back. If Guilford County Schools doesn't get more money from county commissioners they will be forced to make more cuts.

The Guilford County school system is asking county commissioners for $30 million. In the proposed budget, the county only has $6 set aside for the school system.

School officials have said to make up the $24 million shortfall they would have to cut 35 teachers, 333 teaching assistants and have even bigger class sizes.

It was standing room only at Thursday's commissioners' meeting. Parents, teachers and principals tried to convince commissioners for more money.

"We know your budget decisions are very difficult. We get it. We're teachers, we know how to stretch a dollar," said Jan Armstrong, a parent and teacher.
"We only have a certain amount of money to spend. Our job is to find the best ways to do that and to do it the right way. Education is always going to be a priority for us," said Ray Trapp, a Guilford County Commissioner.

Commissioners are set to vote on the budget later on this month.


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