School District May Cut All 1st and 2nd Grade TAs
The Mount Airy School Board is weighing the impact of proposed cuts from the politicians in Raleigh and it's not looking good. Mount Airy may lose all of its 1st and 2nd grade TA positions, or it would have to look to cuts in other areas to make up the difference.
Specifically, all of the teacher assistant jobs could be cut from first and second grade levels at B.H.Tharrington if a state senate proposal is passed by the General Assembly.
The senate is proposing a budget cut to school funding, where it’s estimated the cuts could affect nearly 8,500 teacher assistants across the state. The cuts would phase out the teacher assistants over the next two school years, ending in 2017.
In the 2015-16 school year this cut would eliminate 1,760 positions.
In the 2016-17 school year 5,062 TA’s would be cut.
“With such huge cuts, we would be forced to eliminate positions or make significant reductions in hours for our employees,” Greg Little, superintendent for Mount Airy City Schools, told board members Tuesday.
The 22 teacher assistant remaining after the cut would be placed in kindergarten classes and in exceptional children’s classes throughout the school system.
“In the event the state makes those drastic cuts, we are going to try to do everything we can to keep our teacher assistants with us,” said Bryan Taylor, assistant superintendent for Mount Airy City Schools.