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Raleigh County Schools to Cut Nearly 100 Positions

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The Raleigh County school board is set to cut nearly 100 positions within the school system.

WVVA-TV reports that at a special meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday, officials said Raleigh County is facing an $8.9 million budget deficit after a decline in county, state and federal funding. As a result, 94 employees will be laid off for the 2017-2018 school year.

The cuts amount to 42 professional positions and 52 service positions. Many of the cuts include janitors and cooking staff.

Superintendent Miller Hall stressed that the cuts are being made to positions — not people. Hall says a number of employees are expected to retire or resign by the end of the year.

Employees will be notified of the layoffs by the end of the month.