Aiken schools cutting positions

The Aiken County School District has cut 47 positions, which includes support staff and teaching aides, according to school district attorney Bill Burkhalter.

The school board discussed the positions in two lengthy executive sessions Tuesday, but all affected employees weren’t notified until Thursday afternoon.

Of the more than 120 positions cuts this school year, these cuts are the first where the district wasn’t able to place personnel into another position, Mr. Burkhalter said.

Mr. Burkhalter said the cuts bring the district back to a strict adherence of state guidelines for staffing ratios. Employees are being recommended to the One-Stop Career Center for job placement. If the district adds these positions back in the next year, Mr. Burkhalter said those let go would get first priority for hiring.

The school district has cut more than $10 million from its current budget that started at more than $154 million. Next year’s tentative budget is $143 million, which does not include the federal stimulus funds the district will receive.



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