Chesterfield Co. Schools to cut 55 positions amidst budget crisis

Chesterfield County, SC -  CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Fifty-five teaching and administrative positions will be eliminated in the Chesterfield County School District for the 2010-2011 school year as officials work to fight a major budget shortfall.

Chesterfield County Superintendent Dr. John E. Williams says the move to break mends with the handful of working retirees comes in light of a budget reduction from the state that has left the school district in a financial crisis. The district is also making additional cuts across the board to help offset the budget deficit and prevent any additional layoffs.

"Sadly, we are going to have to tell some really good people that they no longer have jobs in the Chesterfield County School District," Williams noted. "Our budget crisis is a serious situation and it's unprecedented.

Williams recommended to the board in a March 25 meeting that all certified working retiree teachers and administrators, with the exception of those in special education, be notified that they will not be employed for the 2010-2011 school year.

The superintendent also recommended that, where practical and necessary, all positions that become vacant for any reason should be eliminated from the budget, adding that all administrative and teaching positions that cannot be eliminated and are presently held by working retirees, must be posted according to district policy.

The school board voted to support Williams' recommendation.

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