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Several Boone Schools' Employees Resign Amid Budget Crisis

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About 40 employees of the Boone County School District have resigned amid a budget crisis.

Monday was the deadline for employees to resign ahead of the 2016-17 school year. On July 18, employees were told they would take a $4,000 pay cut in order to help deal with county’s budget deficit. They’ll also lose health and dental benefits.

The resignations affect elementary, middle and high schools. Among the positions now left vacant are assistant principals, teachers, coaches and special education teachers.

The district had lost about $9 million because of the downturn in the coal industry and a loss of property tax value.

Last month, the West Virginia State School Board threatened to take over the county’s education system if it didn’t create a balanced budget.