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Boone County schools might ax nearly 80 jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Boone County Schools superintendent is recommending that the school board cut about 77 positions, a move he said is necessary because of declining tax revenue and dropping enrollment.

“You hate that this is occurring,” John Hudson said, “but some things you cannot control.”

Hudson said the board will vote on the issue before March 1, and the cuts to the roughly 660-person school system workforce would take effect the next academic year. He said 60 of those positions are for either teachers or administrators. About 50 people in that “professional educators” category will be normal employees laid off from the school system, while the other 10 positions are filled with substitutes.

Hudson declined to specify how many of those 60 positions are for administrators, saying the one or more leaders whose positions will be recommended for elimination haven’t yet been personally contacted. He said the number of administrators is so small the public might be able to predict which officials are being cut.

The 17 other positions Hudson is recommending cutting belong to service employees…

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