Rep. Jeffrey Elmore of Wilkesboro - an educator...didn’t vote. The Senate approved the action by a vote of 33-9, with . . Sen. Shirley Randleman of Wilkesboro voting in favor of the continuing resolution to drag things out and postpone budget decisions (with school starting back next week!) through the end of the month.
Dr. Marty Hemric, Wilkes school superintendent, said that under the Senate budget plan, the Wilkes school system loses about $197,000 for teacher assistants and about $160,000 for driver’s education.
“That’s over “$350,000 more (moved) out of public education and the local economy in Wilkes. We have reached a stabilization in the economy in North Carolina, but for some reason, after losing over $5 million of state funding during the recent recession, our Senate wants to keep cutting our resources instead of restoring the gap,” said Hemric.
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