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Durham schools superintendent concerned about next year's budget

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham Public Schools Superintendent Eric Becoats toured schools and classes Monday on the first day back, but he's already thinking about the next school year and budget.

Becoats says enrollment is slightly up this year; however state funds for students in that district are down.

Despite funding being down per student, no teacher positions have been lost. Due to the budget cuts, the district and county were forced to fund 150 teacher assistant positions. But they only have enough money to fund the 150 jobs for one year only.

"We definitely know that we're going to have our shortfalls next year because what we've been doing for the past two years is utilizing our fund balance to basically support public education. And, a fund balance is similar to a savings account and at some point that money goes away and I think we're basically down to that point now," said Becoats.

 

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