Jeff “the super” and Shawn “the whiner” Williams have been quoted on WRAL.com. Here’s how it goes.
School jobs ending as state budget moves ahead
Posted: 6:17 p.m. today
Updated: 6:57 p.m. today
Sanford, N.C. — On the same day Republican lawmakers said they protected all public school teachers and teacher assistants in their proposed budget, Ashley Lancaster received a termination letter from Lee County Schools.
“Just to think I won’t be here in the fall to see the children in my classroom as they’re second-graders, it breaks my heart,” Lancaster, a first-grade teacher assistant at Benjamin T. Bullock Elementary School in Sanford, said Wednesday. “I love my job. I love my children.”
Her dismissal has nothing to do with her evaluations or performance, officials said, blaming it on state budget cuts.
Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss said dozens of teacher assistants and more than 50 teachers will lose their jobs in Lee County because of the $19.7 billion budget lawmakers have crafted. The Senate is expected to give final approval to the budget on Thursday and send it to the House.
“It’s as though blinders have been placed on all members of the General Assembly,” Moss said.
Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday that the spending plan creates 1,100 additional teaching positions statewide and retains all teaching assistants in kindergarten and grades 1-3.
Shaun Williams, chairman of the Lee County Board of Education, said the budget simply pushes millions of dollars in cuts down to local school districts.
“The only place we have left to go is the classroom,” Williams said.
Lawmakers aren’t being honest with people about their support for education, he said.
“You don’t move the money from A to B, then smile at the camera and say, ‘Your locals cut you. We’ve done our job. We funded teachers,'” he said.
Don’t you just love the comment “no place left to go but the classroom”? Bull crap. BS. Bull crap. Liars.
Just fumble through a few of our earlier posts to see the bonuses given out. Just ask yourself why the BOE didn’t accept the proposal to outsource custodial services? Just ask, just ask, just ask….
By cutting jobs NOW, Jeff can say he isn’t defying the General Assembly’s mandate to fund the teachers. What a coward! What a disgrace to our county.
I wonder how they both can sleep at night knowing what they said isn’t the truth. Especially Mr. Williams.