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School leaders want more money for next school year

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

More school resource officers, textbooks and vocational training for your children.     
     
Those are just a few of the things Pitt County commissioners want to see from school leaders next year and it all depends on money.

During the past 2 years, Pitt County Schools has lost more than a million dollars in local funding.

So when presenting her school system's budget proposal today, Superintendent Beverly Emory emphasized the need to re-instate vital money cut in previous years.
    
That includes $750,000 set aside for general maintenance and repair of things like buses, buildings and classroom furniture.
     
Emory also requested an increase of about $730,000 to fund fixed cost increases required by the state and bonuses for new teachers.
     
But at the end of the presentation, commissioners described some things they would like to see take priority, including more school resource officers.

"I do worry about the school's safety and I want to make sure we don't lull ourselves into 'it can't happen here,'' said Glen Webb, county commissioner.

The total increase in money from last year's budget would total about one-and-a-half million dollars.

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