NCCS hopes to add personnel

After several years of cutting costs and positions, Newton-Conover City Schools hopes to add a few employees in the coming fiscal year.

Proposed new positions — including a dropout specialist and maintenance foreman — are part of a recommended $4.5 million local general fund budget, a 1 percent increase from the 2011-12 fiscal year.

In the past three fiscal years, the state cut millions in school funding, NCCS trimmed its central office personnel through attrition, and the district eliminated four teaching assistant positions this school year, among other cuts.

"We've cut every year," said NCCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond. "Going forward, we think we're finally through cutting."

NCCS presents its proposed local budget to county commissioners May 29 at 8:30 a.m. The district has not yet set a date for a public forum on its budget, Houston said.

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