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Wilkes County Schools loses eight teachers, seven teacher assistants

Posted By Lindsay Wagner On September 19, 2013 @ 9:43 am In Tracking the Cuts: The Dismantling of Our Public Schools | Comments Disabled

trackingCuts-web-600 [1]Wilkes County Schools reports that they have had to cut eight teaching positions, seven teacher assistant positions, three media assistants and 1.5 central office positions.

Wilkes’ Superintendent Dr. Marty Hemric told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot [2] that thanks to state budget cuts over the past five years, the school district has lost of over 100 school positions, including 51 teacher assistants (from 126 in 2008-09 to 75 now), 35 certified teachers (from 484 ½ in 2008-09 to 449.25 now), 15½ central office administrative positions and three media assistants.

Even more positions would have been lost since 2008 if the Wilkes school system hadn’t been able to use federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as stimulus funding) and the Race To The Top initiative to compensate for cuts in state and local funding.

Wilkes County Schools joins a growing list [3] of school districts that have been forced to make difficult cuts for the 2013-14 school year thanks to reductions in state-level education spending.


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[2] Wilkes Journal-Patriot: http://www.journalpatriot.com/news/article_138c5a98-1195-11e3-b391-0019bb30f31a.html#.UjDEGsDY0uA.email

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