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Su­per­in­ten­dent for Op­er­a­tions at the NCSS, cuts are be­ing seen at the ad­min­is­tra­tive level as well at the sav­ings of more than $1 mil­lion.

“Al­though district level ad­min­is­tra­tive cuts for FY11 have not been com­pletely de­tailed and all im­pacted em­ploy­ees have not been no­ti­fied, we ex­pect the district’s re­or­ga­ni­za­tion at the cen­tral of­fice level, ef­fec­tive July 1, 2010, to re­duce over $500,000 from the bud­get,” said Carpen- ter.

Car­pen­ter also said that they had cut sev­eral po­si­tions at cen­tral of­fice prior to these pro­posed cuts. Mid­dle school cur­ricu­lum di­rec­tor, cen­tral of­fice re­cep­tion­ist, hu­man re­sources clerk, cen­tral­ized reg­is­tra­tion clerk, staff devel­op­ment technology in­struc­tor, pupil ser­vices technology spe­cial­ist, .51 of a con­struc­tion man­ager po­si­tion and a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion rout­ing po­si­tion. He said these cuts will save the sys­tem $507,000 an­nu­ally.

“When you com­bine these two fig­ures, you will no­tice that this ac­counts for more than $1 mil­lion dol­lars in salary and ben­e­fits cuts at the cen­tral of­fice level within the last year. All of this has and is be­ing done in prepa­ra­tion for FY11 and in an at­tempt al­le­vi­ate, to the great­est ex­tent pos­si­ble, the school level bur­den of this fi­nan­cial cri­sis,” said Car­pen­ter.

A Face­book group call­ing them­selves Save Newton County Teach­ers and Mid­dle School Sports, with over 3,000 mem­bers is plan­ning a protest of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing Tues­day night to show their dis­plea­sure for the pro­posed bud­get cuts. They have re­ceived a per­mit from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment and have a sec­tion in the park­ing lot of the cen­tral of­fice build­ing set aside to march in, ac­cord­ing to Joy Daniel Ca­son, the groups cre­ator. This is the only group thus far who has legally been per­mit­ted to protest.

The protest is sched­uled for 6-9 p.m. with a prayer at 5:30 p.m. Those in­ter­ested in speak­ing at the BOE meet­ing must sign up prior to 7 p.m. and in ac­cor­dance with the board's pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion pol­icy “a max­i­mum time of five min­utes will be al­lot­ted to a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual or a sin­gle topic based on the num­ber of re­quests... Once the time for pub­lic par­tici- pa­tion has passed, dis­cus­sion of topics will be re­stricted to Board mem­bers only.”

Per­sonal attacks on board mem­bers are not per­mit­ted and will not be heard un­less a request is sub­mit­ted to the su­per­in­ten­dent at least seven days prior to the event.

The BOE meet­ing will take place at East­side High School at 7 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium.

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