Tuesday, February 9, 2016

McDowell County to cut 30 school jobs

(AP) — McDowell County school administrators say 30 jobs are being eliminated next school year due to declining student enrollment and a decrease in state funding.

Media outlets report the cuts including 15 professional positions and 15 service jobs were announced Monday.

McDowell County schools Superintendent Nelson Spencer says the district is facing a $1.5 million cut in local and state funding for schools. Spencer says the cuts are necessary to balance the county's education budget.

County Board of Education personnel director Tonya White says the county has lost about 100 students per year for the past four years.

Fayette County announced plans earlier this month to cut 18 school positions, while the Boone County school board will vote on a proposal to cut about 77 positions.