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Kanawha schools dropping 90 positions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County’s school system is planning for about 90 fewer positions next fiscal year because of a projected $2.3 million revenue drop — although officials say those position cuts won’t equal nearly that many actual layoffs.

Treasurer Lisa Wilcox cautioned that the proposed $233.8 million 2016-17 budget, which the school board plans to approve late next month ahead of the July 1 start of the fiscal year, could still change, based on what the West Virginia Legislature and governor approve for the 2016-17 state budget.

“We may end up having to really, seriously rework our budgets,” Wilcox said. “Not just me, but all counties.”

Kanawha County Schools’ proposed budget already has seen $3 million in increased revenue projections since it was revealed March 8. Wilcox said there wasn’t suddenly that much more unrestricted money available: the change was because of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board voting on March 30 to — with lawmakers still not having passed a budget to provide more funding to the public health insurance system — significantly change employees’ coverage…

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