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Coal-Focused West Virginia County May Cut 77 School Jobs

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The schools superintendent in coal-focused Boone County suggests cutting about 77 positions due to falling tax revenue and declining enrollment.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Superintendent John Hudson said the school board will vote on the issue before March 1.


He said 60 of positions to be eliminated would be mostly teachers and a few administrators. About 50 people in the professional educators category would be regular employees laid off from the system, while the remaining 10 are filled with substitutes.

Hudson said cuts to the roughly 660-person school system workforce would take effect next school year.

Seventeen other positions that would be reduced are service employees.