House Speaker Thom Tillis, as he defended the state education budget, promised repeatedly this year to call local superintendents to Raleigh to account for their spending.
Tillis insisted districts were getting enough money to prevent layoffs of teachers and teacher assistants. If superintendents did lay people off, Tiilis said, they'd have to explain.
Teachers and teacher assistants around the state were laid off. School started.
Rep. Brian Holloway, a Stokes County Republican, said after a meeting with Tillis a few months ago a House-Senate education oversight committee that Holloway helps lead would be the forum for the superintendent questioning.
Superintendents would be called in to the committee before the end of the year, Holloway said.
Welcome, winter solstice. Still no superintendent hearings.
Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw said the superintendent meetings will happen early next year, probably in February. Legislators want to make sure they have the latest data on employment and funding sources. They were waiting for employment information tabulated from the sixth paycheck, he said.
"We said from the beginning that we want to take our time in getting the facts right," Shaw said. "That's what we're going to do. We're still going to have the conversations."
The forum won't be an inquisition, he said, but a way for legislators to gather information.
Legislators will ask superintendents from a range of districts - those that hired staff and those that laid off people - to come in for the budget talk.
"It's not just cherry-picking counties that lost positions or counties that added positions," Shaw asid. "We'll try to get a good sampling of them."