Eliminating Brunswick Co. teaching assistant jobs

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BRUNSWICK CO., NC (WECT) - Brunswick County teaching assistants' jobs are on the line and the school board is trying to find a way to keep them employed.

By fall, seven positions may be eliminated due to state funding cuts.

"That's a small number, but we're still talking about individuals and families that represent those seven positions," said Scott Milligan, chair of the Board Finance Committee.  "So the board will have to make a decision as to whether or not we use our fund balance to support those positions to get us through the next school year."

The school board has managed to save 23 jobs through assistant retirements and reassignments without having to dip into the fund balance, but adjustments had to be made elsewhere.  The remaining 130 teaching assistants will now have their hours cut from 40 to 37.5 for the next year, reducing their pay by just over six percent.

The schools have a fund balance of almost $8-million, which is money set aside for emergencies, but school board members are reluctant to use that money for the purpose of salvaging the positions.

The school board will vote on the teaching assistant proposal at their next meeting August 4.

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