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Posted: Thursday, March 20th 2014 at 3:26pm

Jackson Schools to lay off teachers

By Marc Eggers Staff
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JEFFERSON - The Jackson County School Board has announced plans to reduce staff and faculty positions in the 2014-2015 school year.

In a release received from Superintendent of Schools Dr. April Howard, the lay offs are the result of funding decreases and significant increases in employer paid health benefits and retirement costs.

Meeting current payrolls and maintaining a full calendar year, the release said, would lead to a projected deficit of $4.6 million in the coming school year.

Below are the affected positions as listed in the release:

The following programs will be eliminated in their entirety, including all associated positions within the program:

• The Driver’s Education Program (2 positions).
• All Graduation Coach Positions (2 positions).
• All Middle School Connections Careers Positions (2 positions).

The following positions will be eliminated or reduced as described below:

• 4 Media Resource Specialist positions in the District will be eliminated
• 1 District-wide Social Worker position will be eliminated
• 1 P.E. teaching position in the District will be eliminated
• 1 Math teaching position at Jackson County Comprehensive High School will be eliminated
• 1 Science teaching position at Jackson County Comprehensive High School will be eliminated
• 1 CTAE FACS teaching position at Jackson County Comprehensive High School will be eliminated
• The 0.5 CTAE FACS teaching position at East Jackson Comprehensive High School will be eliminated
• 7.5 regular education academic teaching positions at East Jackson Middle School will be eliminated
• 4 regular education academic teaching positions at West Jackson Middle School will be eliminated
• 11 elementary school regular education academic teaching positions in the District will be eliminated
• 1 EIP teaching position at North Jackson Elementary School will be eliminated and replaced with a half-time EIP teaching position
• The EIP/Intervention program at Benton Elementary School currently served by 2 positions will be reduced to 1 position
• The technology teaching position at East Jackson Elementary School will be eliminated
• The ISS teaching position at East Jackson Middle School will be eliminated

The release also said that every teacher impacted by the reduction plan received a personal visit and conversation from the superintendent and/or Assistant Superintendent to explain the process, selection criteria, and goals of the district.
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